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Inside Connecticut and the Civil War

Essays on One State’s Struggles

Matthew Warshauer

Publication Year: 2014

This collection of nine original essays provides a rich new understanding of Connecticut’s vital role in the Civil War. The book’s nine chapters address an array of individual topics that together weave an intricate fabric depicting the state’s involvement in this tumultuous period of American history. In-depth examinations of subjects as diverse as the abolitionist movement in Windham County, the shipbuilding industry in Mystic, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Connecticut veterans serve as an excellent companion to Matthew Warshauer’s earlier book on the subject, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival. Contributors include David C. W. Batch, Luke G. Boyd, James E. Brown, Michael Conlin, Emily E. Gifford, Todd Jones, Diana Moraco, Carol Patterson-Martineau, and Michael Sturges.

Ebook Edition Note: 6 illustrations have been redacted.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

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...

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Introduction

Matthew Warshauer

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pp. 1-5

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...

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1. Guns and Butter: How Connecticut Financed the Civil War

James E. Brown

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pp. 6-44

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...

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2. Mystic Shipbuilding and the Union Navy

Diana Moraco

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pp. 45-68

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...

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3. Patriotism and Abolitionism in Civil War–Era Windham County

Carol Patterson-Martineau

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pp. 69-100

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...

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4. Untried to Unrivaled: The Fourteenth Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry

David C. W. Batch

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pp. 101-139

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...

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5. The Colt Armory Fire: Connecticut and the Great Confederate Conspiracy

Luke G. Boyd

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pp. 140-158

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...

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6. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Civil War: Connecticut Casualties and a Look into the Mind

Michael Sturges

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pp. 159-180

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...

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7. Patriot, Soldier, Statesman: General Joseph R. Hawley and Civil War Commemoration in Connecticut

Todd Jones

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pp. 181-204

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...

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8. From Decoration Day to the Centennial Commission: Civil War Commemoration in Connecticut, 1868–1965

Emily E. Gifford

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pp. 205-227

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...

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9. Teaching the Past’s Perspective of the Past: Civil War Reenactors in Connecticut

Michael Conlin

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pp. 228-258

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...

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Contributors

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pp. 259-262

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...

Index

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pp. 263-274

Other Works in the Series

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E-ISBN-13: 9780819573971
E-ISBN-10: 0819573973
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819573957

Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Garnet Books