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Civil War Burlington

January 21, 2009

Today, I’m working on a Civil War walking tour of Burlington.  It’s something I actually intended to do last summer, when things were a little more walkable, but last Sunday I finally did the walking part of it, with the help of a very trusty and companionable sidekick.  The great portion of the research was done in advance by Civil War historian Howard Coffin for his book on Vermont’s Civil War places.  Anyway, I’ll be posting up some sites on the blog here, and I’ll let you know where you can find the whole tour when it is finished!  Here we go:

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Here’s the Oliver Otis Howard house at 26 Summit St (just south of Main St up by UVM).

Major General Oliver Otis Howard moved to Burlington in 1892 to be close to his eldest son, Colonel Guy Howard, who was overseeing the construction of nearby Fort Ethan Allen (in Burlington’s New North End).  Originally from Maine, O. O. Howard commanded the brigade at First Bull Run in which the 2nd Vermont served, and lost an arm at Seven Pines.  He commanded the Army of the Potomac’s 11th Corps, which was smashed by Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville.  On the first day at Gettysburg, Howard was briefly in command of all Union forces and selected the high ground of Cemetery Hill at the army’s fallback position.  After the war, he was appointed by Abraham Lincoln to supervise the Freedmen’s Bureau, after which he founded two historic black colleges: Howard University in Washington, and Lincoln Memorial University in eastern Tennessee.  He died in this house in 1909, and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery on North Avenue.

HISTORY, IT’S ALL AROUND US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!