Civil War and Reconstruction

Up from the Ashes: Fire at the Meriden Britannia Company – Today in History: July 16

July 16, 2016

A manufacturer of silver-plated ware rebounds from the worst fire ever to occur in Meriden. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Meriden

General Mansfield's uniform epaulets

One of the Honored Dead: General J. K. F. Mansfield

June 22, 2016

A resident of New Haven and Middletown, Joseph Mansfield rose to the rank of brigadier general in the Union army before losing his life at the Battle of Antietam. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Middletown, New Haven

Billings & Spencer Company

Christopher Miner Spencer, 19th-century Arms Manufacturer

June 20, 2016

A well-known American inventor in his day, this Manchester native obtained 42 patents during his lifetime and created the first successful breech-loading repeating rifle.  …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Invention and Technology, Manchester, Windham, Windsor

Connecticut’s War Governor, William A. Buckingham

June 18, 2016

Connecticut governor William Buckingham made significant contributions to the state's war effort, sometimes even covering war expenses out of his own pocket. His bronze statue at the Connecticut State Capitol honors the selfless manner in which he guided the state through the Civil War. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Colchester, Lebanon, War and Defense

The boiler that fed the machinery at the Fales & Gray Car Works in Hartford exploded

Today in History – Fales & Gray Explosion Underscores Need for a Hartford Hospital

March 2, 2016

At 2 pm on March 2, 1854, the power of steam incorrectly managed and harnessed wreaked havoc at the railroad-car... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Disaster, Hartford, Health and Medicine

Hotchkiss & Sons Artillery Projectiles

Connecticut Arms the Union

January 11, 2016

Colt, Sharps, and other gun-makers weren’t the only Nutmeg-based firms that supplied armaments during the Civil War. Makers of kitchen utensils, sewing machines, textiles, and other goods re-geared production lines to meet demand. …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Enfield, Manchester, Mark Twain, Meriden, Middletown, New Haven, Norfolk, Samuel Colt, War and Defense, Windsor Locks

Soldiers with cannons, 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery

The Complicated Realities of Connecticut and the Civil War

December 30, 2015

Citizens’ dedication on the battlefield and home front did not always signal agreement on key issues of the day. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, John Brown, Norfolk, War and Defense, Windsor Locks

Image of Soldiers Memorial, Company B, 29th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers

Connecticut’s Black Civil War Regiment

November 23, 2015

"If you win freedom and citizenship, we shall share your freedom and citizenship." With these words, abolitionist Frederick Douglass reminded African American soldiers from Connecticut that they fought for the hopes of many. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Connecticut History Day 2017, Slavery and Abolition, War and Defense

German American workers from the buff room

Late 19th-Century Immigration in Connecticut

October 17, 2015

Immigration to Connecticut in the second half of the 19th century proceeded much as it had in earlier decades. Driven... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War and Reconstruction, Immigration, The Industrial United States, Work

Globe Onion

The Many Layers to Onion Farming in Westport

August 4, 2015

Westport's fertile soil and ease of access by boat and rail once made it home to a thriving onion farming industry. …[more]

Categories: Agriculture, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Immigration, Westport, Work

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