Gathering Clouds

civil war monument on brattleboro common

The monument to Brattleboro’s fallen in the Great Rebellion anchors the Common on the north end of town; America’s heartrending Civil War of 1861-1865 pulled 34,000 Vermonters into a faraway world of bloodshed and confusion. ┬áTo this day, many cellar holes can be found in forests regrown over the hillside farms abandoned in the decades after the conflict, their native sons never having returned home.┬áVermont’s constitution was the first to abolish slavery, even before it was admitted as a state to the Union. Memorial Day is a day to remember, consider, and hope for better.