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Voices from the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War
September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Carleton Young discovered an unknown collection of Civil War letters while cleaning out the attic of his family home in Pittsburgh, PA. Determined to explore the mystery of this unique find, he spent more than a decade performing research in Vermont and visiting battlefields to walk in the steps of the two soldiers from Williamstown, VT. Join SAM on Friday, September 13 at 7pm as Young shares this historical, and personal, journey.
In “Voices From the Attic: The Williamstown Boys in the Civil War,” he offers the story of two brothers who witnessed and made history while fighting in the Peninsula Campaign, then at South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Cedar Creek. Their harrowing experiences were preserved through surprisingly detailed and insightful letters.
Young has published a book with the same title which forms the basis of his talk. The Western Pennsylvania History Journal notes that it “offers a deeply interesting look into two detailed experiences of the war which explore the battles as well as life in between. Unlike other soldiers who may have skipped over tough details when writing home to families, the brothers did not shy away from describing the horror of battles, their hardships in camp, and what they saw as they marched through the South. More than merely satisfying an interest in the war, the author demonstrates our surprising connections to each other both past and present.”
This program is free and open to the public. Thanks to our 2019 program series sponsor, Peoples Trust Co.