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Fourth of July, 1896

July 9, 1896

W. G. Piper of Rutland attended the Reunion of the 13th Vt. regiment last week and remained in town several days, calling upon old friends.

--The reunion of the 13th Vt. Regiment on Thursday last was a very pleasant affair. The campfire in the evening was particularly enjoyable. Speeches were made by Dr. Nichols of Northfield, Mr. Brath of Essex, Mr Sturtevant, and Col. Lonergan of Montreal. The latter in his usual humorous strain. The Underhill male quartette and several young ladies of he village furnished the music, which in the main consisted of songs popular during the war. Miss Ada Prior gave a recitation in her usual pleasing manner. The exercises were held at G.A.R. hall. The relief corps furnished refreshments to out of town guests in the same building.

Fourth of July, 1883

July 7, 1883
The Forth at Underhill Centre.

The booming of cannon brought hundreds of our citizens, as well as those of adjoining towns, to celebrate with us Independence Day in a manner creditable to the people, and appropriate to the occasion. Arrangements were made to enjoy the day in a beautiful grove at the skirt of the village, but on account of the morning showers, the assembly repaired to the church for their literary entertainment. Mr D. G. French, president of the day, took the chair at 10:30 with Mr D. J. Foster of Burlington, orator of the day at his right. The exercises were opened by words of greeting from the chair, followed by the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Mr. Frank Jackson. Then came an able and appropriate address by Mr. Foster. We deem it just to say that the address was of the highest character, both in point of matter and manner of delivery; and that the speaker while so eloquently presenting the nobility and beauty of modern heroism, won the heartiest response-- the response of the undivided attention of his audience-- and gained for himself no small reputation, in this part of the country as an orator. After the address, Mr. Geo. Dunton, marshal of the day, formed a line of march, Headed by the veterans drum corps of Underhill, Followed by post No. 10 G.A.R. of Cambridge, who were welcome guests and added brilliancy to the occasion by their martial step, beautiful dress, and flaunting flag, next came the distinguished guests and citizens. This column was conducted to a large and commodious building, where the ladies of the Methodist and Baptist churches had prepared a bountiful feast to cheer the heart of man and procure means to repair their church. It is sufficient to say that the ladies of Underhill have not lost their well known art in preparing a good dinner. But scenes of festivity were not complete until a series of appropriate toasts were ably and wittily responded to by the Messrs. Parker and Morse of Cambridge, Captain Monahan, Rev. C.E. Scott, E. C. Lane, D. Tillotson, F. Jackson, and D. Mead. The order of march was then resumed to escort the president of the day to the hotel, where he disbanded the company by a hearty speech full of thanks and good cheer. Immediately there was seen a procession of the most horrible that ever haunted our streets. The fireworks in the evening opened with such wonderful brilliancy that it was necessarily brief, lasting less than two minutes. For as the first rocket was being fired, sparks fell into the box containing the stores and all exploded at once, filling the air with squibs, and colored lights and Roman candles, and fire rockets and frightened boys, but fortunately none were seriously injured. Then all was over save the lightning-glare of a mountain storm and the peals from the battlements of the sky, which closed a worthy and appropriate celebration of another Anniversary of our National Liberty.

Dr. A. F. Burdick


Dr. A. F. Burdick, A "Forty-Niner"
Celebrates Ninety-first Birthday Oct 26 1919

Dr. A. F. Burdick celebrated his 91st birthday Sunday. Numerous old friends as well as many young friends called to offer congratulations. He was the recipient of many cards and several floral remembrances. Dr. Burdick is a forty niner and probably the only one in this country and perhaps the state, who was among the gold seekers at that date. After his return from California,he studied medicine in the offices of Dr's Thayer and Carpenter of Burlington and after graduation practiced over 50 years in this town, where he has always resided,except during the Civil War, when he was a surgeon in the army [5th VVI]. He retired from active professional work several years ago. With the exception of lameness end minor ailments incidental to old age, Dr. Burdick is in good health and his many friends hope future opportunities will be given them for further good wishes and congratulations.


Large Attendance at Unveiling of Soldiers Monument Given by J. E. and H. W. Allen

[Special to the Free Press]

Westford, July 4- To-day was a gala day for the little town of Westford, when the monument in honor of the soldiers who went from here to the battlefields of the Civil War was dedicated with fitting ceremony. The monument, the gift of John E. and Heman W. Allen, both natives of this place, was presented by the latter. The unveiling was done by the Misses Carolyn H. Macomber and Mildred McNeil. A fine address was delivered by Judge C. S. Palmer of Burlington. Another stirring address was made by Rev. Dr. Griesmier of Baltimore. Remarks were made by ex-gov. Woodbury. Capt. H. G. Wheeler, Prof. J. E. Goodrich of Burlington, Dr. C. M. Ferrin of Essex Junction and Col. Henry O. Clark of Milton. Singing was furnished by a double quartette. A feature of the service was the fife and drum corps by the four sons of the late Julius Goodrich, a drummer with the 13th Vermont. The attendance was very large and there were many present from Burlington and all the surrounding towns. In the morning a celebration in honor of the Fourth was held, with a parade, a ball game and other sports.

Fifty Years Ago
Condition of prisoners. Reveals some of the horrors of war.

An exchange for Union Prisoners at Andersonville, Ga. Was effected and for the first time it was learned that the following Vermonters had perished while in captivity ; A. Gill, A Company Third Infantry, Read and James Callity, H Troop, 1st Vermont Cavalry; J Bloomer, 2nd Battery; John McIntyre, H Troop 1st Cavalry; F Hubbard, 2nd Battery; P Marner, 9th Infantry, F. Caswell, B Company 9th Infantry; Clough Burchard, A Company, 9th Infantry; M. Chase H Company 6th Infantry; J. C. Smith, H Company 1st Infantry; F. Drew, F Company 1st Infantry; J Bailey, B Company. 2nd Infantry; D. Weller, B Company, 8th Infantry; W. Carter, A Company 2nd Battery; Joseph Pro, D. Company, 8th Infantry; H. L. Jones, B Company, 6th Infantry; A. H. Cole, H. Company, 9th Infantry; A. St John, A Company, 11th Infantry.

The condition of those who were alive was described as terrible. The transport Atlantic brought about 653 of the released prisoners to Baltimore. Nine were buried at sea and 8 more died before the arrival of the boat. The newspaper account stated; "Our men were ragged beyond description and many had on nothing but a pair of pantaloons while others had strips of blankets wound about their limbs as their only covering. Still others who had succeeded in keeping their clothes together, were covered with vermin, which rattled from them like sand.

"The sick who were unable to help themselves were the most pitiable objects. They were covered with fungus, gangrenous sores, harbors for worms and maggots to crawl and wiggle in. Some of them were doubled up as though in a permanent cramp. Some had their lips eaten away by their loathsome disease and were unable to pronounce their own names.

As soon as possible the men were washed and shaved and after being placed on clean cots, were fed with coffee, biscuits and a little milk punch, Many of them had lost their tempers as well as well as their physical frame, and when given the milk cried for more although they said they had eaten more at that meal than in any three days in prison.

The stories told by the survivors were terrible. Before they were moved from Andersonville, 11,000 Union soldiers had been buried there. Men in the last stages of emaciation from chronic diarrhoea were left to starve to death, being unable to retain the food from which the stomach of a strong man rebelled. Others suffering from gangrene and ulcers were allowed to fester in putridity without even water with which to cleanse themselves. Week after week the sick and dying were left out without shelter, exposed to the torrid sun by day and to the heavy rains at all times.


Nearly 100 Men Became Associate Members of Rutland G. A. R.

Special to the Free Press

Rutland. March 11- An organization of Associate members of Roberts Post, Grand Army of the Republic was effected at a meeting to-night. Nearly 100 Men, prominent among the people in public life, joined the new organization. They included a large number of sons and nephews of veterans of the Civil War. Ex-Major Henry O. Carpenter was elected president and Harvey R. Kingsley was chosen secretary. These officers are only temporary. The necessity of infusing new blood into Roberts Post, if the patriotic traditions of the Postare to be perpetuated, was the occasion of the meeting, The number of veterans who saw actual service during the Civil War is rapidly decreasing. There was a musical program. Refreshments were served by the Relief Corps.

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