Colonel Thomas had some very spirited, new recruits to contend with during the Civil War. Perhaps he didn’t realize the difficult task of converting Vermont farmers’ sons into soldiers. Form the Vermont Phoenix, February 27, 1862: Late on Saturday evening the police of this village were called upon to suppress a disturbance at a house of ill-repute on Flat-street (Brattleboro, VT), occasioned by some of the soldiers of the 8th Regiment.
The police declined to interfere unless accompanied by some of the proper military authorities. Accordingly the information was laid before Col. Thomas who, with suitable guard, proceeded to the aforesaid establishment and there captured a happy Lieutenant and sundry privates. The captive officer was ordered to report himself under arrest and the privates were sent to the guard house. Two of the privates escaped with one of the women by secreting themselves in the cellar. It is currently reported that these arrests were made upon information given by certain civilians, who had been temporarily supplanted in the affections of the inmates of this house by the aforementioned soldiers.