Vermont Lt. George M. Blodgett, USN, 1837-1862. A native of Huntington he was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, class of 1856. On Tuesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Sheldon will host a Civil War-themed cruise.
Middlebury For over 15 years, the Henry Sheldon Museum has offered popular Lake Champlain Twilight History Cruises aboard the M.V. Carillon and this summer is no exception.
On Tuesday, July 24, and Thursday, July 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Sheldon will host a Civil War-themed cruise which will discuss several famous Vermonters serving in the U.S. Navy during the war.
Guest speaker, Civil War historian Tom Ledoux will trace the maritime history of Vermonters during the Civil War.
Vermonters were involved in every aspect of the maritime war, riverine warfare, blockading duty, amphibious assaults, chasing Confederate raids, and even special operations.
Ledoux is the creator and webmaster of an award-winning Internet project, "Vermont in the Civil War", an effort to document online the Green Mountain State's role in the War of Rebellion. He is a seventh-generation Vermonter, a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a 2001 graduate of American Military University, Manassas, Va. Ledoux has published two books.
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served as the Carillon south along the shore of Lake Champlain.
The two-hour cruises are comfortable and informal. Passengers will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages and are welcome to bring cameras and binoculars aboard.
The Carillon departs promptly at 5:30 p.m. from Larrabee’s Point in Shoreham, adjacent to the Fort Ticonderoga ferry at the end of Route 74 in Shoreham.
The cost of each cruise is $35 per person ($30 for museum members).
Advance reservations and payment are required by contacting the Henry Sheldon Museum at 1 Park St., Middlebury, at 388-2117.