The Civil War was distinctly different. That terrible conflict produced America's greatest loss of life because each side engaged in battle were the good guys, fighting on home turf. Americans killing Americans.
On many, many days it was more like a slaughter.
Amherst men answered the call to "defend the Union." Over three hundred of them, including 21 African-Americans. In all, 57 perished.
All of those who served in "The War of the Rebellion" are remembered -- their names etched in stone on the Sacred Dead Tablets. Four years ago Amherst Town Meeting appropriated $45,000 out of Community Preservation Act funds to have all six tablets restored.
Today State Senator Stan Rosenberg announced the town won a $5,000 MA Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission matching grant, which will cover interpretive signage relating to the tablets when they go on display at Town Hall, in the Town Room -- our seat of government.