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Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
The Confederate Attack on Vermont

151 years ago today, a group of twenty-one Confederate Veterans who had been gradually slipping into a town near Vermont’s border with Canada, St. Albans, launched their attack. Just shy of three o’clock in the afternoon, all three of the towns banks were simultaneously robbed of $208,000. In the commissioning of the attack, more boyish prank than military action, one person was killed. An ironic, but telling representation of the South’s noble, but damning, approach to War. The raid was, ostensibly, in retaliation for the Northern burning of Southern cities that killed many women and children, and was hardly retaliatory in that it only cost the life of one man, who had resisted capture.

This same approach had been taken in the lead up to Gettysburg, the South’s lone foray into Yankee territory, when, in spite of the North’s behavior, Confederate forces refused to in any way berate civilians.

The Confederates involved had planned and launched their raid from Canada, a largely sympathetic friend to the Confederacy, though ultimately, the actions of the day caused many Canadians to become uncomfortable with the South for drawing them unwittingly into the conflict.

The raid’s leader, a twenty-one-year-old Kentuckian named Bennett Young would later, as a prominent attorney, go on to found the first orphanage for blacks in Louisville.


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December 31 at 7:00pm
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Archibald Gracie Camp #985
New York, N.Y.
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
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