Excerpt from An Oration Before the Re-Union Society of Vermont Officers in the Representatives' Hall, Montpelier, Vt., October 22d, 1868
Alarmed by the ominous gloom of the thickening political horizon, the Governor of the State, in January, 1861, had Issued his order directi... ng each commander of a company to assemble his men at once and ascertain and report without 'delay, whether they would volunteer to enter into the service of the United States, in case it should be found necessary to resort to arms. The order was obeyed and was responded to by the several companies. But even this measure failed to induce a realizing belief, that any thing serious was impending. The deficiencies in the ranks remained unfilled; and the people were apathetic, regarding the events, which were crowding thickly upon them, more as matters of curi 'osity and interesting items of daily news, than as real facts, prophetic of the future, which were to in¿uence their lives the history of the Government, the safety of the Nation, and 'all that they held most dear in person, family and property.
In this condition of the militia and of the militia law, the officers of the State were required to raise, organize, arm and send out, for immediate active service in the field in the army of the United States, the quota of troops required from Vermont.
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