MANCHESTER- "Howard Coffin is the foremost historian of Vermont and the Civil War," states James McPherson of Princeton University, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history.

From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin will speak on the Civil War and its effect on Vermonters on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.

Coffin is a seventh generation Vermonter with six ancestors who served in Vermont Civil War regiments. He has given more than 300 talks on the Civil War in Vermont alone, and leads tours of Civil War battlefields. Coffin's books include Full Duty: Vermonters in the Civil War; Nine Months to Gettysburg; The Battered Stars; and Guns over the Champlain Valley. Something Abides: Vermont Civil War Stories and Places will be published in April 2014.

This free talk is part of the Vermont Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau program and is hosted by Mark Skinner Library. First Congregational Church is located at 3624 Main Street (Rt7A) in Manchester. For information, call (802) 362 2607.


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