Many Vermont soldiers had spent three or more years in the field, away from their families. They ate together and slept together and marched (and marched and marched) and fought and spilled their blood together; they created a bond with the "boys" of their companies and regiments. When it was over, when they went home, if they went home, there were dinners and parades and monuments and respect awaiting them. But for all the whoopla, and all the adulation, and all the commendations, no one, except they themselves, knew what they had really gone through. So they started to get together to share the memories. Some started right after the war was over, others waited decades before starting any kind of formal reunion organization. The drop-menu links to the various reunion materials we have collected to date.