Inside Connecticut and the Civil War
Essays on One State’s Struggles
Publication Year: 2014
Ebook Edition Note: 6 illustrations have been redacted.
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Garnet Books
Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
A book like this one requires thanks to many people. First and foremost, of course, is to the authors. Without their amazing research, motivation, and outstanding work ethic this book would be impossible. They are each and every one of them talented historians to whom we should look for much more in the future. Thanks also goes to the Connecticut Civil War...
On October 11, 2012, the Hartford Courant announced in a news story that “Civil War sesquicentennial fever is gripping Connecticut.”1 How true that is. Since 2008, historical societies, museums, libraries, and universities across the state have been planning and now executing amazingly...
1. Guns and Butter: How Connecticut Financed the Civil War
James E. Brown
The phrase “guns and butter” is probably most often associated with President Lyndon Johnson’s efforts to escalate the U.S. military presence in Vietnam while simultaneously implementing the Medicare program. Yet it aptly applies to any war, and specifically to the task of funding war-related...
2. Mystic Shipbuilding and the Union Navy
William Fowler writes in his book Under Two Flags: The American Navy in the Civil War that “without a powerful navy the North could not have won the war.”1 Vessels of all types, from gunships to transports, were needed to fortify...
3. Patriotism and Abolitionism in Civil War–Era Windham County
Despite all the evidence, including Matthew Brady’s graphic photographs, the carnage of the American Civil War is beyond modern conception. Sterile statistics that document the loss of well over a half million lives cannot accurately convey the horrific reality of tens of thousands of rotting...
4. Untried to Unrivaled: The Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
David C. W. Batch
When the men of the Fourteenth Regiment of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry mustered for duty on August 23, 1862, they could not possibly have imagined that within just a few short weeks they would be thrown into the single...
5. The Colt Armory Fire: Connecticut and the Great Confederate Conspiracy
Luke G. Boyd
Connecticut’s resolve to fight in the American Civil War was crippled on February 5, 1864. Half of the Patent Firearms Company complex, the symbol of Samuel Colt’s Yankee ingenuity and the Connecticut war economy, was destroyed by a leviathan of fire. Infant forensic science produced contagious...
6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Civil War: Connecticut Casualties and a Look into the Mind
The Battle of Fredericksburg was a bloody affair. Confederate General Robert E. Lee positioned troops atop Marye’s Heights, a steep ridge that extended upward from 150 to 200 feet, forming a half-circle around the town.1 Rebel cannons pointed from multiple directions and gray-clad soldiers...
7. Patriot, Soldier, Statesman: General Joseph R. Hawley and Civil War Commemoration in Connecticut
Factories, schools, and stores sat closed and motionless. At 9:30 a.m., church bells rang across the city on cue, prompting twenty thousand citizens to gather alongside downtown streets in anticipation of a parade of patriots. On this day, thirty-five years after the Civil War, six hundred veterans...
8. From Decoration Day to the Centennial Commission: Civil War Commemoration in Connecticut, 1868–1965
Emily E. Gifford
The Civil War, even a century and a half since its start, continues to loom large in the American imagination. Novels, movies, television “miniseries events,” and ongoing public arguments over emblems such as the Confederate flag are all strong indications that, as a nation, the United States is...
9. Teaching the Past’s Perspective of the Past: Civil War Reenactors in Connecticut
In the novel Meet John Trow by Thomas Dyja, the protagonist,
Steven Armour, gets roped into joining a living history organization
portraying the Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery. At an
event, he and another Union soldier named “Lummer” engaged
with a young spectator.
A boy of six or seven shook Lummer’s canteen. The...
David C. W. Batch is a resident of Coventry, Connecticut, and an instructor of English at Howell Cheney Technical High School. He holds a B.A. in English and secondary education from the University of Hartford and an M.A. in United States history from Central Connecticut State University, where his coursework focused on the American Civil War and Connecticut history. He is currently completing...