Lecture series offers views on the American Revolution and Civil War

Fans of American history, especially of the American Revolution and Civil War, may wish to circle their calendars for four days in March.
The New Canaan Historical Society and Staying Put in New Canaan are co-sponsoring a four-event series of lectures called “Connecticut at War, The Revolutionary and Civil Wars,” at the New Canaan Historical Society. [...]

Civil War seen through black soldier’s experiences

As the city gears up to celebrate its 225th anniversary, the Bristol Historical Society kicked off a year-long program series Thursday when it played host to Kevin Johnson, a researcher with the Connecticut State Library, to present “The Life and Times of William Webb: An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut.”
William Webb was a Hartford [...]

Lincoln comes to life at the Bruce

The Bruce Museum presents its newest exhibition “Lincoln, Life-Size” from Feb. 13 through June 6. The exhibition features photographs of Abraham Lincoln reproduced full-size, hanging alongside original 19th Century images and artifacts that tell the story of Mr. Lincoln’s tumultuous Presidency.
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Organizer: Program remembering Lincoln’s visit to Norwich to hold surprises

In March 1860, a former Illinois congressman came to Norwich to campaign for the re-election of his friend, Gov. William Buckingham.
Buckingham won re-election in Connecticut that year. And his friend from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, was elected America’s 16th president.
Next month, Norwich will host a re-enactment of Lincoln’s March 9 appearance, the 150th anniversary of his [...]

Bristol Historical Society Presents Civil War Story

Kevin Johnson will portray William Webb, a Hartford man who served in the 29th Colored Regiment of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War, during a performance at the Bristol Historical Society later this month.
“The Life and Times of William Webb: An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut,” will be performed Feb. 18 at [...]

American Legion to honor local veteran

Army Private Joseph B. Oliver will be honored by Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 American Legion as the February 2010 Veteran of the Month in ceremonies being held at 10:00 a.m.on Saturday, Feb. 6. at the All Wars Memorial in Bantam. In the event of unfavorable weather, the ceremony will be conducted in the Bantam Borough Hall.
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Civil War talk at Stratford Library

Connecticut provided a greater percentage of its citizens to the Union manpower than any other state during the Civil War.
Housatonic Community College professor Dave Koch will be talking about such interesting nuggets in “Connecticut in the Civil War” at the Stratford Library on Sunday.
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Historical trove found at museum

Marie Secondo was near the end of her first year as curator of the Barnes Museum in Southington when, in the midst of organizing a supply closet, she came across a small shoebox that held a time-erasing bundle. Inside were letters, most of them still in the envelopes in which they’d been sent. She opened [...]

Richard Curland: Norwich boy grew up to run massive company, help build USS Monitor

A former Norwich boy had an impact on the construction of the USS Monitor, an  ironclad ship built for the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.
Erastus Corning was born in Norwich Dec. 14, 1794, and lived here for 13 years.  As a young teenager, he moved to Troy, N.Y., to work at his uncle’s hardware [...]

Abolitionist honored in Norwich on anniversary of death

Fanatic and hero, madman and martyr — from any perspective, John Brown was a polarizing and important figure in the anti-slavery movement in the years leading up to the Civil War.
On the 150th anniversary of Brown’s hanging, historian William Hosley painted a picture of a man moved to action — often violent action — by [...]