Howard Coffin

Artist James Hope
National Parks Service

A Vermont author who specializes in the state's role in the Civil War is donating to the Statehouse a painting of Vermont troops at the Battle of Bull Run, the first major battle of the war.


When you're the subject of a new hit movie and it's the 150th anniversary of your most famous speech, you probably want to get spruced up a bit. So a marble bust of Abraham Lincoln that has gazed down a main hallway of the Vermont Statehouse for a century could be getting some attention.

Civil War historian Howard Coffin says it's about time. Says Coffin of Vermont's Lincoln, "He's discolored, he's dirty and in desperate need of cleaning."