The Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys

Something for the weekend.  The Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys, celebrating the exploits of the Vermont militia during the American Revolution.  The Green Mountain Boys mustered again in the War of 1812, the Civil War and the Spanish American War.

The ballad is taken from the poem, The Song of Vermonters, 1779.  Long thought by historians to be a work of Ethan Allen, the poem was actually the creation of 21 year old John Greenleaf Whittier, writing anonymously at age 21 in 1828.  The poem captures well the spirit of the Vermonters who created their own independent republic until Vermont was admitted to the Union on March 4, 1791.

The Vermont National Guard today is informally known as The Green Mountain Boys.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.