8th Vermont Infantry
Eighth Vermont Infantry
"The arrangements for the 24th reunion of the Eighth Vermont Regiment which is to be held in Essex Junction the 22nd. are nearly completed. The old veterans will arrive on the morning and noon trains and will be met at the station by a committee who will escort them to the Grand Army Hall. Dinner will be served in the hall at 1:00 o'clock by the ladies of the W.R.C."
"Immediately after dinner a business meeting will be called after which the electric cars will be in waiting to convey the comrades to Fort Ethan Allen, where Gen. Guy V. Henry has kindly invited the association to witness a special parade to be given by the troops comprising the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, thus giving the old soldiers an opportunity to see the most modern and improved style of army drill. Upon return from the Fort the comrades will partake of a supper provided by the ladies. The evenings entertainment will consist of a camp fire commencing at 7 o'clock with Capt. Fred. Smith of Montpelier as toastmaster. An address of welcome from the people of Essex Junction by D.H. Macomber which will be responded to by Capt. E.S. Howard of Newton, Mass. The Essex Junction Cornet Band has kindly considered to be in attendance and there will be singing by a local quartet. Prof. J. E. Wheelock of Milton is to read a poem suitable for the occasion. The old Colonel of the regiment, General Stephen Thomas of Montpelier, now in his 86th year, will be present and give an address. Speeches will also be made by Department Commander E. W. Jewett, and Rev. E.J. Roslow of Swanton. Mayor Peck, Gen.T.S.Peck, Col. H.W. Allen and Col. G. G. Benedict of Burlington are also expected to be present and make remarks."
"Electrics will be in waiting at the conclusion of the exercise to convey all who may wish to go to Burlington."
On September 23, 1897, the Burlington Free Press added:
"It has been a great day for the members of the Old Eighth Vermont Regiment and at there 24th annual reunion ... there were many touching scenes of comrade meeting comrade, reviewing the episodes of long ago... About 70 of the members of the old regiment attended. To secretary Ferrin much praise is due for the success of the reunion."
Sources: Burlington (VT) Free Press" September 20, 1897, page 6 and September 23, 1897, page 1.
Contributed by: Ken St. Germain