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Something Abides

Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont

Howard Coffin

An eye-opening adventure—into the past


Civil War buffs make regular pilgrimages to the myriad Southern battlefields of the American Civil War to get a sense of what was at stake and what exactly happened during conflicts. Yet one of the best places to see the America of the Civil War era today is about 500 miles north of the war zone—in Vermont. This preservation-minded state, where just one minor Civil War battle took place, looks more as it did in the 1860s than any other state involved in the conflict.

Now, in this new work, years in the making, historian Howard Coffi n takes the reader through every town in the Green Mountain State to document more than 3,000 sites that were in some way touched by the Civil War and are extant today. Not a theme-park guide to quaintly preserved structures, the sites identified here are homes where soldiers lived and died, hospitals where they were treated, and halls where abolitionists spoke passionately.

A seventh-generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in VT regiments, Howard Coffin lectures extensively on the Civil War. He is also the author of Full Duty: Vermont in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; and The Battered Stars (all Countryman titles). A former press secretary to U.S. senator James Jeffords, Coffin and his wife, Sue, live in Montpelier, VT.

April 2013

$35.00 (Can. $37.00) | hardcover | CQ 24 | 978-0-88150-981-6 | 6x9 | 400 pp | B&W photos



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