Civil War and Reconstruction

An Orderly & Decent Government: Making Self-Government Work, 1819-1865

April 12, 2018

In the mid-19th century, Connecticut looked toward changing its electoral processes as well as its civil rights record. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Canterbury, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Ithiel Town, New Haven, Norfolk, Prudence Crandall, Social Movements

Celebrating Civil War Men and Women – Today in History: April 9

April 9, 2018

Today marks the anniversary of not only one, but two Civil War anniversaries. On April 9th, 1927 the Woman’s Relief... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Women

A Civil War Soldier Engineers an Iconic Career

March 6, 2018

Horatio Wright was a Connecticut native who served with distinction during the Civil War. Rising rapidly through the ranks of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Clinton, Science

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Rally – Today in History: March 5

March 5, 2018

On March 5, 1860, Abraham Lincoln addressed the Republicans of Hartford at City Hall. He spoke to the danger of... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Politics and Government

Portrait detail of Frederick Douglass

“An Admirable Portrait” of Frederick Douglass

February 3, 2018

Hartford photographer Stephen H. Waite capitalized on the public's interest in the great abolitionist. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Slavery and Abolition

Hills "Archimedean" Lawn-Mower

Reel Lawn Mower Patent – Today in History: January 28

January 28, 2018

On January 28, 1868, Amariah Hills of Hockanum, Connecticut, received the first US patent for a reel-type lawn mower. In... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, East Hartford, Glastonbury, Invention and Technology

Freedom to the Slave

From the State Historian: Connecticut’s Slow Steps Toward Emancipation

January 3, 2018

Slavery remained in the Land of Steady Habits until 1848, and it was not quick to advance suffrage for African Americans, either. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Noah Webster, Slavery and Abolition

Connecticut’s Chickamauga Tree: An Investigation

September 19, 2017

The Connecticut State Capitol displays part of a tree with a cannonball lodged in it. While it is believed to be a remnant of the battle at Chickamauga Creek during the Civil War, evidence exists suggesting the artifact may have been fabricated for the purpose of commercial sale. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Folklore

Plan of USS monitor, 1862

Cornelius Bushnell and His Ironclad Ship

July 18, 2017

Cornelius Scranton Bushnell was a 19th-century Connecticut businessman and shipbuilder whose successful lobbying efforts on behalf of a local railroad... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gideon Welles, Madison, New Haven, War and Defense, Work

Muster of Civil War troops, Main Street, New Britain, May 11, 1861

The Civil War Commences: Connecticut’s Involvement in the Civil War

April 12, 2017

Diaries, letters, and other documents provide firsthand witness to the sacrifices of Connecticut men and women during the years of bloody conflict. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction

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