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6th Vermont Infantry

Kimball Collection

Kimball's Freedsmen Bureau Material

CASTE IN GOD'S "ACRE."-We have received the following interesting and touching note:

MORETOWN, VT., July 24, 1867.

The silly and despicable prejudice, as the Independent is please to call it, which will not permit a negro to be buried in the same cemetery with the white man has been rebuked by an example of the Governor of Vermont, as well as by the venerable Thaddeus Stevens. During the late war, Charles Dillingham, an officer in the Union army, and a son of the Governor, sent home to his father a negro twenty-three of four years of age, who, a few months after his arrival at his new home in Vermont, was taken ill, and his sickness increased until he required constant personal attention and care both day and night. The most comfortable apartment in the house-the governor's own sleeping room-was given up to the negro. Physicians were freely employed. The governor's son watched and nursed him by night, and the governor's wife by day, until he died. Then the question arose, 'where shall he be buried?' which was promptly settled by the governor directing a grave to be dug in his own lot. A funeral was held at his house, and the body borne to the grave by four young men, three of whom were law students in the governor's office. This man of color now sleeps in Governor Dillingham's lot, in the cemetery in Waterbury, Vt., in a grave but a few feet from that of the governor's wife, where a marble slab marks the resting place of 'Charles Daggs, the Freedman.'

N. Y. Independent.



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