Union Village School
The schoolhouse on our cover is located in Union Village, Vermont. Union Village is one of six active villages that make up the town of Thetford. Thet- ford is located in Orange County, Vermont, which is in the east central portion of Vermont, on the Connecticut River.
Thetford is an active community with a historical society and numerous citizen
organizations devoted to promoting the area. At press time the Thetford Historical
www.thetfordhistoricalsociety.org) was unable to provide the history of
our cover schoolhouse.
Vermont is known for its covered bridges, with eleven of them located in Orange
County. One of those is the Union Village Covered Bridge on Academy Road in
Thetford. It was built in 1867 and is on the National Register of Historic Places in
Vermont. Although the builder is unknown, the design is designated as the Multiple
Kingpost Truss variation on the National Register of Historic Places in Vermont. The
kingpost truss is used for simple roof trusses and short-span bridges and is the simplest form of truss, using the fewest number of truss members (individual lengths of
wood or metal). Kingposts date back to Medieval, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne
architecture. The term truss means “to furnish or support.” A truss bridge is one of
the oldest types of modern bridges designed for load-bearing and applies Newton’s
Law of Motion, according to a branch of physics.
There are 226 soldiers credited to Thetford during the Civil War. At least two who
were born there, Gustavus Loomis and Charles Edward Hovey, are also credited with
promoting education and were given special recognition under President Andrew
Jackson. They were both appointed to Brevet positions within the U.S. military. A
brevet position gave the receivers an insignia and the right to use the title with their
signatures, with the exception of official military orders and communications.
Gustavus Loomis was born in Thetford in 1789. He was a West Point graduate
and a veteran of the War of 1812, Mexican War, Black Hawk War, Seminole Wars in
Florida, and the American Civil War. He was on active duty for fifty-two years and
was the oldest soldier to serve in the Civil War. In 1865, Loomis was appointed a
brevet brigadier-general (Bvt. Brigadier-General) by President Andrew Jackson for
his high level of service.
Charles Edward Hovey was born in Thetford, Vermont, in 1827. Hovey was
wounded in 1863, continued to lead his brigade, and retired from active service later
that year. He, too, was given a brevet promotion in 1865 by President Andrew Jackson to Bvt. Major-General, for gallant service.
Photo: Bill Johnson Photography
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