Civil War Home Front
New 32 page color booklet available
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is pleased to announce the release of a new Civil War history resource, a 32-page color booklet titled "A New Birth of Freedom: A Walk Through the Civil War Home Front in Woodstock, Vermont." Visitors can use the booklet to take a self-guided walking tour of the town of Woodstock that highlights local contributions to the war.
Woodstock was home to the state's chief military administrative officer, the Adjutant General, making it the center of Vermont's war effort. Woodstock was also home to several other important figures during the war: Senator Jacob Collamer, one of President Lincoln's key allies in the senate; George Perkins Marsh, the minister to Italy during the war, who helped keep European nations from supporting the Confederate cause; Frederick Billings, who raised impressive sums of money for the Sanitary Commission to improve the lives of soldiers; and eleven African American soldiers who fought with the famed Massachusetts 54th Regiment. The impact of the Civil War on the concept of public lands and conservation is also explored.
The booklet, designed by Wood Ronsaville Harlan, Inc. and written by Jill Jasuta, was completed through a project agreement with Harpers Ferry Center. To obtain a copy of the booklet, email Laura Anderson or you can download a PDF version here.
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Did You Know?
In the early 1860s Vermonter Frederick Billings, then living in California, purchased and sent photographs of Yosemite Valley to influential eastern friends to make the case for its preservation. You can see these photographs, and paintings of Yosemite, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP.