Civil War

Vermont and the Civil War

One in every nine Vermonters joined in support of the Union Army. 34,000 soldiers enlisted, and by the War’s end more than 5,224 died of wounds or sickness. Men, women and children were greatly affected by the War, and their many acts of valor and sacrifice were critical on the home front and on the battlefront.

Today Vermont – with its preserved architecture and working landscape – still evidences the rural America in which the Civil War took place. Civil War historian Howard Coffin asserts, “Vermont is the best place in the nation to visit to experience the North of the Civil War era.”

Vermont and the Civil War Visitors Guide identifies 46 of the hundreds of places that tell the stories of the Green Mount State’s Civil War history. The guide will take you to New England’s best documented stop on the Underground Railroad, the factory where the gun milling machines that armed the nation were produced, and the resort where Mary Lincoln and her children summered in 1864. Visit museums, historic sites, and public memorials; explore preserved towns and villages, and hike local trails to discover this unique Civil War history.

Experience the fervor of Abolitionists, the bravery and dedication of Vermont's soldiers, and the drama of the northern-most land action of the Civil War.