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New York Times
Saturday - 11 May 1861

Arrival of the Vermont Regiment


The First Regiment Vermont Volunteers, Col. Phelps, from Camp Fairfax, Rutland, arrived a Thirty-First Street yesterday morning at 8 o'clock. They are a remarkably fine body of men, and as they passed down Fifth Avenue, Seventeenth Street and Broadway, they were much admired by a large gathering of people who lined the sidewalks. They are now quartered in the Park, and will stay there till tomorrow, when they will leave for Fort Monroe, Virginia, in the Ceatzacolcos. Each man wears a sprig of green hemlock in his hat to show that he is from the Green Mountains. It is not enough for a man to volunteer to belong to this regiment, he has to be voted in by the members; by this means all weak men and those of doubtful character are rejected. The following towns have each sent a company: Woodstock, Bradford, Cavendish, Rutland, Middlebury, Brandon, Burlington, St. Albans, Northfield and Swanton. The regiment left Rutland at 8 o'clock on Thursday morning. Annexed is a list of the field and staff officers:

Colonel, J. Wolcott Phelps; Lieut. Colonel, P.T. Washburn; Major, N.H. Worthen; Adjutant, Hiram Stevens; Quartermaster, E.A. Morse; Surgeon, E.K. Sanborn; Assistant Surgeon, Willard Childs; Sergeant Major, C.G. Chandler; Drum-Major, Thomas R. Clark; Fife-Major, Martin J. McManus; Chaplin, Rev. Levi H. Stone.


New York Times
Thursday - 27 Jun 1861


Philadelphia, Wednesday, June 26 - The Second Regiment of Vermont volunteers passed through this city last night. They were handsomely entertained by the Washington Street refreshments committee.


New York Times
Sunday - 8 Sep 1861


Slept on his Post

On the 2d inst. Private Wm. Scott, of Company K, Third Vermont Volunteers, was tried before a regimental Court Martial, Col. B.N. Hyde, President, on a charge of a violation of the 46th article of war. The specification under the charge is that Scott, being a regular posted sentinel, did go to sleep upon his post; this at the hour between 3 and 4 A.M., on the 31st day of August 1861, while on picket near Camp Lyon, D.C. He was found guilty by the Court, and sentenced "to be shot to death." The proceedings in the case have bee laid before Gen. McClellan, in accordance with the 65th article of war, he issued his orders as follows:

The proceedings, findings and sentence in this case are confirmed, and private William Scott, Company K, Third Vermont Volunteers, will accordingly be shot to death on Monday, the 9th day of September, 1861, at such hour and place as the Brigade Commander shall determine.

The sentence in Scott's case will be fully carried out, that an example may be made which will prevent the recurrence of a similar dereliction among our troops.


New York Times
Monday - 9 Sep 1861


Not to be Shot

In the case of private Wm. Scott, of the Third Vermont Volunteers, who was to have been shot at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning for sleeping on his post, Gen. McClellan has extended a pardon, and has ordered him restored to his duties. His is probably the last case in which a similar clemency will extended to an offender.


New York Times
Sunday - 6 Oct 1861


Arrival of the Sixth Vermont Regiment

The Sixth Regiment Vermont Volunteers are expected to arrive here this morning by the New Haven steamboat, having left Montpelier yesterday morning. This regiment has been mustered, armed and equipped in fifteen days from the time the first steps were taken.


New York Times
Sunday - 8 Dec 1861


The Vermont Cavalry Regiment will leave Burlington on Wednesday for New York in a train of one hundred and twenty-five cars. It is composed of the best sharpshooters of that State. The horses are of the celebrated Morgan stock, selected with great care by Col. Platt, who commands the regiment which numbers a thousand men fully equipped with everything except rifles.


New York Times
Monday - 9 Dec 1861


The Secretary of War has ordered the Vermont Cavalry Regiment to be forwarded to Washington. The regiment is full, a thousand each, of men and horse; the men being sharpshooters and the horses of the Morgan stock. There is no finer body of men in the service. Their final destination is unknown.


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