Cub reporter, Ross Meaders, reports on the Hemlock Encampment

For two days, the Ver­mont Civil War Hem­locks encamped in Danville dur­ing the 2011 Memo­r­ial Day week­end. Many attended both the encamp­ment and the Memo­r­ial Ser­vice held at the Methodist church and a sub­se­quent ser­vice at the Danville Green ceme­tery. The pho­tos in the fol­low­ing arti­cle were taken by Janet Car­son. A link at the end of the arti­cle will send you to her more exten­sive album.

Ross spent a lot of time at the encamp­ment, gath­er­ing infor­ma­tion. Photo by Janet Carson

The men had many demon­stra­tions. They prac­ticed drills, they fired rifles and can­nons. The chil­dren got to march with the sol­diers with fake wooden rifles.

The sut­ler, who over­charged the sol­diers on lemonade.

There was a tent where a man sold cook­ies and lemon­ade. The price for lemon­ade was three cents. The sol­diers said that the prices were out­ra­geously high. Three cents was a lot of money back dur­ing the Civil War. The vis­i­tors, how­ever, loved the prices.




Sgt. Henry Wake­field spoke at the church and at the cemetery.

On Memo­r­ial Day, there was a ser­vice and a march down to the Danville Ceme­tery, where the sergeant spoke about two fallen sol­diers in the Civil War.





Here are inter­views with some of the soldiers:

Sergeant Artillery George South­wick: The war brings a lot of emo­tion to him because he doesn’t like to see his peers killed. He joined the Civil War for the excite­ment, and he did not want his friends to have all the fun. Gen­eral John Buford inspired George. Gen­eral John Buford was in the cav­alry in the bat­tle of Get­tys­burg. He made the deci­sion to keep the South out of town.


Pri­vate David Hare: All his friends joined, so he joined, too. The War is bor­ing at times, because they spend a lot of time at camp, and they do a lot of drills, which David only thinks is nec­es­sary for the sergeants. His inspi­ra­tion is the other men in the reg­i­ment. He enlisted for three years, and he will keep that promise.





Pri­vate Samuel Hecter: It seemed inter­est­ing at the time for Sam to join. He believes that slav­ery is un-human. He also believes that the way slaves are treated is wrong and cruel. His hero is Gen­eral Ulysses S. Grant (who later would become Pres­i­dent of the United States).


Doc­tor William Minsinger: William joined his unit because his three sons did, who went by the names of Wil Jr. , Kris, and Keith. He is inspired by Phillip Sheri­dan, who was in the Shenan­doah Val­ley. Wil feels that the South should not have seceded. He says that the War a lot more pro­longed than any­one would have imag­ined when it began.


Chap­lain Richard Swift: He is Chap­lain of the Third Ver­mont Reg­i­ment and the light artillery in the First Ver­mont Reg­i­ment. Before Richard was a chap­lain, he was a drum­mer boy. When he was a kid, he would play Civil War, and he did not think about the Civil War again until he was fifty years old. Richard would start study­ing the Civil War. At age 61, he joined the Ver­mont Hemlocks.

The encamp­ment was made pos­si­ble by funds del­e­gated to the cel­e­bra­tion of Memo­r­ial Day by Paul and Mar­ion Sevi­gny. A spe­cial thanks to Paul Chouinard, Pres­i­dent of the Danville His­tor­i­cal Soci­ety, who spent many hours orga­niz­ing the event.
To view the album pho­tos Ross chose to cap­tion, click here.

To view all of Janet Carson’s photo album, click here.


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2 Responses to Cub reporter, Ross Meaders, reports on the Hemlock Encampment

  1. Jen Larrabee says:

    Excel­lent arti­cle Ross! I espe­cially like the inter­views with the sol­diers. Thank you for report­ing on this event right in our back yard. ~ Jen Larrabee

  2. Alison Low says:

    Thank you, Sharon for help­ing Ross pull this together! He really dis­cov­ered a pas­sion for Danville’s rich his­tory in doing this project. We also want to cher­ish Janet’s photo of the Danville Green, as it marks an impor­tant part of Danville his­tory: This is prob­a­bly the last photo taken of the Green before con­struc­tion started.

    Again, thank you!

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