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Service and Sacrifice

Experience the American North of the Civil War

19th century Vermont, although small and rural, played significant roles in the American Civil War. One hundred and fifty years later, a number of museums tell the stories of the men and women who provided service and sacrifice in support of the efforts to keep the nation whole and abolish slavery.

Vermont's Civil War stories are of deeds on the homefront and on the battlefront: Vermonters who assisted former slaves; men and women who worked in mills and factories supplying the North with needed arms, blankets and clothing; girls and women who volunteered in aid societies; citizens who defended Vermont in the northern-most land action of the war on Vermont soil; and the Vermont regiments who fulfilled the state’s pledge to serve “full duty” and distinguished themselves on multiple battlefronts.

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Vermont in the Civil War Heritage Trail

Explore museums, historic sites and exhibits that define Vermont’s role in the American Civil War. The Vermont in the Civil War Heritage Trail follows US Route 7, South to North. Each site is a link to the crucial contributions Vermont made in the American “War Between the States.”

Vermont Civil War visitors guide

Vermont and the Civil War Visitor Guide

Vermont's preserved architecture, town centers, and working landscape still suggest the rural America in which the Civil War took place. This brochure identifies 46 of the hundreds of places that tell the stories of the Green Mountain State's Civil War history.