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BENNINGTON — On Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bennington Performing Arts Center presents “The Great Rebellion—Bennington in the Civil War,” an original play about the Civil War written by local writer Bill Morgan and directed by Robert Ebert.

Although Bennington is best known for the Revolutionary War battle on the Walloomsac, many more soldiers from Bennington fought and died in the Civil War. This fictionalized account is based on historical letters written between the characters in the play during that time. Among the people discussed in their letters back and forth are Lt. Col. Newton Stone, Capt. Ransom Gore, drummer boy Norman Puffer and Capt. Hamilton L. Shields.

Morgan is known nationally for his many books about Beat Generation figures. But since coming to Bennington a decade ago he became interested in local history, served as president of the Bennington Historical Society, and authored a book for The History Press called “Bennington in the Civil War” that formed the basis for the script.

There were at least 337 men from Bennington who served in the Civil War and their names are all carved into the decorative olive leaves that form the border for the bronze marker honoring Civil War veterans in front of the museum.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 18, and can be purchased by visiting bpacvt.org/tickets or calling the box office at 802-447-0564. This is an in-theater event at Bennington Performing Arts Center—The Home of Oldcastle Theatre Company, 331 Main St.

COVID-19 NOTICE: Seating is limited to 46 seats and reservations are mandatory. The lobby and bar will be closed and masks are mandatory while in the theater and lobby area, with temperature checks upon entry. Run time will be approximately 60 minutes.


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