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Articles published in the North Star Monthly

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 2, … 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, free­ing … 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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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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October, 1863–Lincoln Pleads for Volunteers; Vermont Sends Blacks Back to Africa

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Danville’s son, rad­i­cal abo­li­tion­ist con­gress­man Thad­deus Stevens, con­tin­ued his litany of fiery rhetoric exco­ri­at­ing the South and the exas­per­ated Union­ist paper responded. Octo­ber 3, 1863 Danville North Star Thad­deus Stevens, of Penn­syl­va­nia, recently made a … Con­tinue read­ing

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September 1863–New Depths of Inhumanity Attained, Southern Noose Tightens and Wiggles

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Sep­tem­ber brought news about how the Union dealt with its desert­ers. Two men on oppo­site sides, whose twisted souls were fired ear­lier in the caul­dron that was the Kansas-Missouri Bor­der War, led their “troops” … Con­tinue read­ing

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Arnold Langmaid — July 5, 1919 — 93 and Counting

By Dwayne Lang­maid First of my remem­ber­ing much of Arnie, and of course Shirl, they were liv­ing in half of the lit­tle house across from the old North Danville store. Rather tight quar­ters by today’s stan­dards, but cer­tainly a step-up … Con­tinue read­ing

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July, 1863—Vicksburg and Gettysburg–the Price of Victory

by Mark Moore, His­to­rian and Archivist, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety 1863. The third year of the war. The music exalt­ing medal-bedecked glory and the blood­less romance of a quick 90-day war had faded long ago. In its place was end­less, mind­less … Con­tinue read­ing

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June 1863–Democratic Party Leader Brought Before Military Court

By Gary Far­row, Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety Ten­sions between national secu­rity and civil lib­er­ties are not an unfa­mil­iar topic to mod­ern day read­ers. So what led to a for­mer US Con­gress­man from Ohio and poten­tial can­di­date for gov­er­nor to be rousted … Con­tinue read­ing

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