Diary of Lorenzo D. Cilley, 1879-1880

Lorenzo D. Cilley was born on February 20, 1854, at Topsham, Orange, Vermont and died April 3, 1892. He learned the blacksmith’s trade and in 1879 opened a shop in East Brookfield and later worked on setting up. (Source: The Cilley Pages.)

Susan Modelski Horst kindly provide the follow images for use by the Brookfield Historical Society.

Cilley diary title page PDF

Cilley diary 4-7 March 1879 PDF

Cilley diary 3-4 January 1880 PDF

Cilley diary blacksmith art PDF

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2012 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 21th

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What: Program on the Civil War Letters to Vermont by Donald Wickman. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

The Civil War saw newspapers come of age in reporting war news. Soldiers not only recorded their daily activities in journals and letters; they also shared their experiences in the home press. Thirteen correspondents wrote anonymously to the Rutland Herald from different regions of the United States. This presentation by Donald Wickman introduces the audience to the eloquent prose of the writers, and tells of their careers during the war. Nearly all the letter writers have been successfully identified.

Donald Wickman is a Vermont historian whose intense interest in the American Civil War led him to conduct extensive research on thirteen Vermonters identified only by initials, and the campaigns in which they took part.

Don’s latest book, “A very Fine Appearance:” The Vermont Civil War Photographs of George Houghton (Vermont Historical Society, 2011), is the winner of the 2012 AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) Award of Merit for Vermont

Presentation sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Speakers Bureau and the Brookfield Historical Society.

Published in: on October 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm  Leave a Comment