Category Archives: Historical people

April, 1864–“Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Can Never Hurt Me”

The Fort Pillow Massacre Proves the lie of this childish notion By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Danville North Star April 23, 1864 The Fort Pillow Massacre Washington, April 16 – Yesterday afternoon dispatches were received from General Sherman regarding … Continue reading

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Speaker for Society Annual Meeting will be DHS senior, Brett Elliott–March 30 1:00 (open to public) Membership meeting follows at 3:00

By Sharon Lakey, Danville Historical Society Senior Brett Elliott was out of luck when working out his final year’s schedule at Danville High School—no more history courses were offered at his level. So he and history teacher, Jeremy White, worked … Continue reading

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March 1864–The Richmond Boondoggle and Tales of Assassination

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Union Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick had big plans and even bigger dreams. In desperation, Lincoln approved a raid by the 1st Vermont Calvary upon Richmond that even the Commander of the Army didn’t … Continue reading

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A Woman of Uncommon Generosity–Mary Elizabeth Goff Robinson

By Sharon Lakey, Danville Historical Society “Until I began to compile lifelong information, I didn’t realize the full range of gifts Meg was giving to others throughout her life, without the slightest wish for praise.” Charles A. Robinson, 2013 On July … Continue reading

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February, 1864–The General and His Demons

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society A complicated family and mental illness pushed and pulled a man who became one of the most accomplished generals in the Civil War. The news was slow in February ’64: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation decree, … Continue reading

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North Danville Village Farm Receives Vermont Century Farm Award

By Patty Conly, President of the Danville Historical Society There is a unique charm about the quaint and picturesque village of North Danville, nestled in the northeastern corner of Vermont.   It has remained essentially unchanged in many ways for the … Continue reading

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The Largest Refugee Crises Ever Created on the American Continent

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Civil War history often gives short shrift to the fact that the conflict precipitated the largest refugee crisis ever seen on the American continent. Before we read Danville’s North Star reports for January of 1864, … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Pioneer Journey

By Patty Conly, Danville Historical Society A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed Autumn On (temporarily off) the Green, held on Sunday, October 6, despite the threatening gray skies and cool temperatures of early October. The weather, however, was not a … Continue reading

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Dec 1863–Fugitive Slave Law Schizophrenia in the North, King Cotton Implodes in the South and the Civil War is not Over

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society The obligation of states to return runaway slaves was written into the Constitution; however, the issue became a bargaining chip in the great Compromise of 1850 and continued to be a lightning rod between … Continue reading

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Nov 1863–Confederate Spies Caught in a Sting, the Illinois Legislature Suspended, and the Women of Richmond Go Hungr

By Gary Farrow, Danville Historical Society Although part of the alliance of Northern states, Illinois, especially the southern portion of Lincoln’s home state, was a hotbed of rebel sentiment. Not only was it a place where plots against its sister … Continue reading

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