An event honoring Vermont’s Civil War history took place at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in South Burlington on April 1. A portion of the day’s sales supported the restoration of Major General George J. Stannard’s post-war house in Milton. Stannard’s heroic actions in the Civil War, most notably at Gettysburg, make him a Vermont hero.
On behalf of the Charlotte Historical Society, Dan Cole is on a committee working on the Vermont Civil War heritage trail. As such, he was asked to participate in a book-signing as part of a fundraising event for the General Stannard House.
Cole is author of Upon Us Rests the Burden: The Civil War Experience of a Small Vermont Town (Charlotte).
A heavy snow storm did not deter many history buffs from attending the event, Cole said. Other authors were present for the book signing portion of the event: Howard Coffin, well-known historian, lecturer, and author of Full Duty, Vermonters in the Civil War, Nine-Months to Gettysburg, The Battered Stars and Something Abides; William L. “Liam” McKone, Irish history expert, Civil War re-enactor and author of Vermont’s Irish Rebel, Capt. John Lonergan–Civil War Hero; and Gary Furlong, teacher, historian and author of Images of Milton.