NO. R-21. JOINT RESOLUTION URGING THE ERECTION OF A MARKER AT THE BROCK-ORANGE PLANK ROADS' INTERSECTION TO COMMEMORATE THE CIVIL WAR HEROISM OF THE VERMONT BRIGADE.
Offered by: Senator Doyle of Washington County.
Whereas, the soldiers of the Vermont Brigade valiantly defended the Union cause in Civil War battles starting at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861 and continuing until the Battle of Saylor's Creek in 1865, and
Whereas, the Vermont Brigade suffered more deaths, 1,172, than any other Union brigade in the Civil War, and
Whereas, as a part of the Getty Division, the Vermont Brigade distinguished itself during the Battle of the Wilderness by holding firm the intersection of Brock and Orange Plank Roads that was critical in blocking Confederate General A. P. Hill from splitting the Union Army, and
Whereas, the Vermont Brigade suffered its worst single day of losses at this intersection, totalling 195 men killed, 1,017 wounded and 57 missing, and
Whereas, while this historically-important site is located within the Chancellorsville-Wilderness-Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia, it remains unmarked, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly requests the National Park Service to erect an appropriate commemorative marker, honoring the Vermont Brigade, at the intersection of Brock and Orange Plank Roads at the Battle of the Wilderness site in Virginia, and be it further
Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Director of the National Park Service, and to the members of Vermont's Congressional delegation.