Bravery of Civil War forebears prompts Vermonters to erect memorial in Newport News

Nearly 150 years after their forebears stormed across the Warwick River, a Vermont-based Civil War preservation group has spent $20,000 to remember the bravery and sacrifice shown by the Vermont Brigade in a deadly 1862 clash known as the Battle of Dam No. 1.

Several members of group, which calls itself the 18th Vermont Regiment, will join with Vermont Civil War re-enactors and local historian John V. Quarstein Saturday afternoon to dedicate a memorial at the battle site in Newport News Park.

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