July 28, 2015: 2nd Vermont Brigade


In the early afternoon of July 2nd, General Abner Doubleday spoke these words to describe the men of the 2nd Vermont Brigade as they laid massed in column on the southern slope of Cemetery Hill. Formed by the events of July and August 1862 when President Lincoln called for volunteers to serve for just nine months and within days of completing their enlistments without having experienced combat, few expected much from the Green Mountain Boys. However, led by Brigadier General George J. Stannard, these men will, at the critical times, move to the center of the storm, fill the gap, re-capture guns and execute two flank attacks that devastate the Confederates.