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The Civil War by the Numbers in Vermont

An electronic daybook for the Sesquicentennial

July 4, 2011 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

“The Civil War is perhaps America's greatest story; it played out on a huge stage, with great characters and themes, and multiple plot lines; it's both inspiring and absolutely heartbreaking.”

To commemorate the sesquicentennial anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) has created The Civil War Book of Days e-newsletter, a sampler of the events, both major and minor, that made up the fabric of national life during the War Between the States.

Started in October of 2010 and continuing for all five years of the sesquicentennial celebration, the Civil War Book of Days is emailed every Friday to nearly 850 subscribers who are interested in learning what was going on during that particular week of the Civil War – not only in Vermont, but across the country.

Sometimes the stories are big news, such as the January 21, 1861/2011 edition which recounts Jefferson Davis’ dramatic departure from the Senate when he stated: “I rise, Mr. President, for the purpose of announcing to the Senate that . . . the state of Mississippi . . . has declared her separation from the United States.” Others are comparatively smaller, and more personal, such as the November 25, 1860/2010 issue in which an Atlanta merchant considers the “ruinous” effects of disunion in a diary entry. There are the amusing anecdotes such as the story of Abraham Lincoln, Grace Bedell, and Lincoln’s beard, the subject of the very first Civil War Book of Days in the October 15, 2010/1860 issue.

All the items are informative and provide an easily accessible, simple connection to the Sesquicentennial celebrations happening across the country.

To sign up for the Civil War Book of Days or to access their archive of past newsletters, click here.