The First Regiment of Vermont Volunteers, consisted
of the Brandon, Middlebury, Rutland, Northfield, Woodstock, Bradford,
Cavendish, Burlington, St. Albans, and Swanton companies, of the
Militia, designated by an executive order dated April 27th, 1861.
The commissions of its field and staff officers bore date of the
day previous, April 26th.
To the Lieutenant-Colonelcy, Captain Peter T. Washburn
of Woodstock was appointed. He was a leading lawyer of the Windsor
County bar, with a taste for military life which had led him to take an
active part in the reorganization of the militia of the State, and to accept
the captaincy of the Woodstock company. A man of liberal education,
of precise knowledge, of firm will and of methodical industry, he was by
nature a strict tactician and disciplinarian. He had made the Woodstock
Light Infantry the best military company in the State. He carried
the same characteristics into actual service; and had the condition of
his health permitted him to remain in the army after the disbandment of
the First Regiment, he would undoubtedly have won high distinction as a
soldier. His subsequent most faithful, laborious and invaluable services
as Adjutant and Inspector General of the State, and his elevation to the
Governorship, in which office he ended his life, are known to all Vermonters.