‘Letters of a Confederate Soldier’
The Bennington Branch of the American Association of University Women will feature the personal story of a Confederate soldier at a free public meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 p.m., at the Bennington Free Library. in Bennington, Vt. Martin Arnold was a teacher and lawyer from Hartford, N.Y. He relocated to Georgia for his health, and consequently fought for the Confederate side when the Civil War broke out, writing a number of letters describing his experiences. His story will be told by three presenters: Mike Armstrong, the Hartford, N.Y. town historian, will discuss several Civil War battles and Arnold’s genealogical history. Carolyn Gibbs Whitney will read Civil War letters written by her ancestral uncle, Martin Arnold. David Gibbs, Carolyn’s brother, will conclude the program by presenting a ballad which he composed and often sings at family gatherings. Both Whitney and Gibbs have visited a number of Civil War battle sites and attended the 150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg for the reenactment. The public is invited to attend; there will be light refreshments following the meeting.