Barre, VT – On October 12, the public can learn more about Cedar Creek, one of the most important yet often overlooked Civil War battles, and about the Vermont Brigade’s pivotal sacrifices. The Vermont Historical Society presents noted historian Howard Coffin in the next the Second Saturday Gallery Talk at the Vermont History Center at 60 Washington Street at 2:00 pm.

“Many people know of the State House’s large painting of the Cedar Creek battle.” said Amanda Gustin, public programs coordinator of the Vermont Historical Society. “This talk will show why this battle was so important.”

Coffin will discuss Cedar Creek, the October 19, 1864 battle where the Confederates brought about one of the two great surprise attacks of the Civil War, and where the Vermont Brigade made sacrificial stands to rescue victory from defeat. At stake may have been Abraham Lincoln’s reelection, and, surely, Union control of the vital Shenandoah Valley. Attendees can also tour the Service & Sacrifice Civil War exhibit to see the newest display of Charles Andrus’ panorama.

The Society’s Leahy Library at the Vermont History Center also will be open on the second Saturday, offering thousands of books, maps, photos and other collections that document all aspects of Vermont’s remarkable history. The library is open Tuesday‒Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Wednesday evenings until 8:00 pm; and second Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The presentations are free with the cost of admission to the galleries. Adults $5; students, children, seniors: $3; families $12. Members are free.

For more information, please visit vermonthistory.org or call (802) 479-8500.

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