108 Years Ago

FromTheArchivesOn November 22, 1906, the Vermont State Legislature passed an act allowing the enlistment at Norwich of a battery of field artillery. In 1907, the University received from the U.S. government “four 3-inch breech loading rapid fire field guns, model, 1905; 8 caissons for guns complete; 1 battery wagon and field forge; 1 store wagon; 14 carriages; and 42 sets artillery harness complete with saddles, blankets, etc.” Today, Norwich Artillery Battery has at its disposal two M101A1 Pack Howitzers (issued by the Vermont Army National Guard), which are inspected annually by a certified Chief of Firing Battery to make sure all safety items are in proper order according to U.S. Army field manuals.

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