VT Statehouse Civil War Reenactment
In April 1861, President Lincoln called on the states for troops and money for the Civil War. In response, Vermont Governor Erastus Fairbanks brought the Legislature into an "extra session" to commit soldiers and funds to the Civil War. On April 6, 2011 at the Statehouse, political leaders dressed in period costume to play the parts of their 1861 predecessors.
Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott donned a beard and stove pipe hat to play Governor Fairbanks. House Speaker Shap Smith filled the role of then-Speaker Augustus Hunton. And Senate President John Campbell sported mutton-chop sideburns to play the part of then-Lieutenant Governor Levi Underwood.