Vermont historian, Michele Arnosky Sherburne discusses the St. Albans Raid, an underplayed 30-minute Confederate attack on a Vermont town that affected all of New England and Canada. Learn about the layers of espionage, covert motives and Confederate Secret Service connected to this campaign. In Sherburne’s presentation, the Raid is broken down from the planning stages and players who acted under the authority of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Learn of the play-by-play involvement in the aftermath with Edwin Stanton and President Lincoln. The Raid isn’t a just a regional Vermont story; it is a testimony of human strength, Yankee ingenuity, and standing up against an adversary. The complex, layered history of the Confederate Secret network before and during the Civil War is revealed. This presentation has been made possible through a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and is open and free to all. No reservations required. Meets at the Main House—walk or drive.
About the presenter: Michelle Arnosky Sherburne lives with her husband and son in Newbury, Vermont. She is a Vermont historian and has spent years researching the Underground Railroad and the Civil War, lecturing at schools and local organizations. Michelle co-authored A Vermont Hill Town in the Civil War: Peacham’s Story (2012), and is the author of Abolition and the Underground Railroad in Vermont (2013) and The St. Albans Raid: Confederate Attack on Vermont (2014). She is a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines and works at a weekly newspaper when not on history quests.