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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