Howard Coffin’s fourth book on Vermont Civil War history, Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today’s Vermont, has just been published. Coffin researched surviving sites in all Vermont’s 251 towns and cities including homes of Civil War soldiers, hospitals, drill fields, cemeteries, halls where abolitionists spoke and war meetings were held, monuments, homes where women met to sew for the soldiers, factories that made war materials, war resistors’ homes, Underground Railroad sites, and more.  The book lists some 2,500 Civil War sites that survive throughout the state. James McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian, in his foreward to the book, says, “In his writing, Howard Coffin has taken us to Gettysburg and the Wilderness and Cedar Creek and Petersburg and other fields where Vermonters fought and died. And now he takes us to hundreds of places in Vermont where these soldiers came from and where their families and friends worked to support them and hoped, often in vain, that they would return home safely. Something Abides took six years and 150,000 miles of travel to compile. The result is commensurate with the effort.  It is a tour de force.”

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