Thursday July 25, 2013
One hundred and fifty years ago, the “Irish Company” returned to Burlington on July 22, only three weeks after fighting with distinction at the crucial battle of Gettysburg. The community welcomed the soldiers back as heroes in ceremonies held at City Hall Park on Main and St. Paul Streets. A reenactment of this 1863 homecoming will take place on Saturday, July 27, at the same location to dedicate a new historical marker honoring the unit and its commander, Captain John Lonergan. Commander of Company A, 13th Vermont Regiment, Lonergan was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of Gettysburg.
The commemoration begins at 3 PM in City Hallpark—with bagpipe music and reenactors. Dedication of the marker erected by the state follows at 5 PM. After the ceremonies in the park, a program will take place in Contois Auditorium, starting at 6 PM with Irish music of the era. All activities are free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. Organized by the 18th Vermont Regiment, a non-profit group of living history volunteers, the “Heroes of Gettysburg” is co-presented by the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival and the Chittenden County Historical Society. Details of the schedule are available at www.18th-vt.org or from firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: author of a book about the topic: Bill McKoone