Springfield Art and Historical Society open house

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Howard Coffin will present “Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The program will be held at the Precision Valley Baptist Church, next to the SAHS Facility on Route 106 in North Springfield. Parking will be available at the church. The SAHS annual business meeting will take place shortly before the program at 1:30 p.m.

Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. By the hundreds, Vermont marksmen passed the rigorous marksmanship test to join one of three Vermont companies. And sharpshooters from this state played a little-known but major role at Gettysburg, the great Union victory that changed the Civil War’s course. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well represented in this elite group of marksmen.

The SAHS facility will be open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be available there before and after the program. This is a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event and is free and open to all. For more information, contact SAHS at sahs@vermontel.net or by calling 802-886-7935.

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