Soldier to relay the African-American war experience

The Oxford Historical Society will present Kevin Johnson as Private William Webb, an African-American Civil War soldier from Connecticut at the Oxford Grange Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m.

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New London monument to be rededicated

Two descendants of a Mansfield man who joined a Union regiment in the Civil War 150 years ago are inviting residents to a re-dedication ceremony at a New London monument. Continue reading

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Talk on women during the Civil War

Nancy Steenburg, adjunct professor of history and director of the bachelor of general studies program at the Avery Point campus of the University of Connecticut, will give a talk, “The Women of New London During the Civil War,” at the meeting of the Friends of Fort Trumbull at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. Continue reading

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Music of Civil War times to be performed in Greenwich

During an afternoon of song and readings, a complement of local musicians will explore the lyrical history of the Civil War on authentic period instruments – drums, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, bugle and guitar. Continue reading

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French-Canadian experience is topic of genealogical talk

“French Canadians in the Civil War: The New Bedford Experience” will be the topic of the guest lecture at the annual membership meeting of the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut.

The meeting, which is open to the public without charge, will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, in Fellowship Hall of the United Congregational Church in Tolland, two doors away from the society’s library in the Old County Courthouse at 53 Tolland Green. Continue reading

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Chester exhibit focuses on Civil War homefront

After spending the 2011 season viewing the Civil War through correspondence primarily from soldiers at the front to their families and friends back home, the Chester Historical Society is now balancing what was happening at the front with what was happening at home.

Through correspondence, town records, church records and artifacts, a picture of Chester in 1862 emerges in the Chester Museum at The Mill’s seasonal exhibit, “Beyond the Battlefield.” Continue reading

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14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry to camp out in Shelton

During this 150-year anniversary of the American Civil War everyone from privates to Abraham Lincoln will be at the Civil War Living History Day on the grounds of Shelton History Center, 70 Ripton Road, Saturday, Oct. 6, 10-4 p.m.

Several members of Company F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry will portray the original regiment, give firing demonstrations, set up their camp and answer questions for the public. Continue reading

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Union, Confederates re-enact Battle of Antietam

“Get those damn Yankees!” is not a phrase you normally hear in Connecticut, but the hills of Wickham Park rang with such battle cries on Saturday, Sept. 29, during a Civil War encampment and battle reenactment. The event was presented by the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission, and marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. More than 500 re-enactors from across the country made camp in Wickham Park for the weekend-long event, many of them sleeping there overnight.

Visitors had a chance to walk through the camps of Union and Confederate troops and experience what camp life was like. Incredibly knowledgeable re-enactors spoke about all aspects of a soldier’s life, as well as about what their regiment did during the war. Visitors and re-enactors alike were thrilled to see the Commander-in-Chief of the Union Army, President Lincoln, who made his entrance to the sound of: “Hold on to your wallets, there’s a politician in the camp!” Continue reading

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Huge Civil War re-enactment, encampment planned

A huge Civil War re-enactment and encampment commemorating the Battle of Antietam will be held in Manchester.

The re-enactment will include military drills, a load and fire competitions, and cavalry, artillery and firing demonstrations. Visitors will be able to learn about Civil War medicine, women in the Civil War, and other aspects of life during the war. The event will also feature displays by the Connecticut Historical Society, East Hartford Historical Society, Manchester Historical Society, New England Civil War Museum, and Central Connecticut State University.

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Learn how to find your Civil War ancestors

The Brookfield Museum is inviting the public to a presentation on “Finding Records of your Civil War Ancestors” hosted by the Brookfield Historical Society. The presentation will focus on locating and using service records, pension, census and burial records, and published unit and personal histories.

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