Civil War and Reconstruction

The Excelsior Needle Company

Thread Your Needle – Today in History: March 2

March 2, 2014

On March 2, 1866, the Excelsior Needle Company of Wolcottville was organized. The company produced machine-made sewing needles by a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Berlin, Civil War and Reconstruction, Invention and Technology, Torrington

Colt workers in front of the Armory, 1876

Workers at the Colt Armory, Hartford 1867

February 4, 2014

Colt Firearms has been one of the most prominent industries in Hartford for over 150 years. In 1836, Samuel Colt... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, Imagining Connecticut, Invention and Technology, Samuel Colt, War and Defense, Work

John Frederick Kensett, Twilight in the Cedars at Darien, Connecticut

John Frederick Kensett Illuminates the 19th-Century Landscape

December 27, 2013

John Frederick Kensett was a landscape painter who is now identified with Luminism—a style of painting that utilized delicate, almost... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Arts, Cheshire, Civil War and Reconstruction, Darien, New Haven, Popular Culture

Honor and Duty: The Life of Alfred Howe Terry

November 10, 2013

Born in New Haven, Alfred Howe Terry studied law before heroically capturing Fort Fisher during the Civil War. He earned the thanks of Congress for this victory before maintaining peace between whites and Native Americans in the Dakotas. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Hartford, New Haven, War and Defense

The 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Flag and Display

September 17, 2013

Regimental flags played important symbolic and strategic roles in battle. The State of Connecticut maintains a collection of 110 such flags from the Civil War, among them, the flag of the 29th (Colored) Volunteer Infantry. …[more]

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

J.O. Davidson, Battle of Port Hudson

Connecticut’s Naval Contributions to the Civil War

April 24, 2013

From makers of gun boats to bakers of ship biscuits, companies across the Nutmeg state helped keep the Union navy afloat while sea-savvy leaders and sailors from the state kept it in fighting form.  …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Gideon Welles, New London, Transportation

Nathaniel Lyon. Lithograph by E.B. & E.C. Kellogg

Nathaniel Lyon: Colorful Commander from Connecticut

April 12, 2013

The military exploits of this passionate abolitionist include an attack on pro-secessionist forces that may have assured Missouri remained part of the Union. …[more]

Categories: Ashford, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Expansion and Reform, War and Defense

General Joseph R. Hawley

General Joseph R. Hawley Helps Commemorate Connecticut’s Civil War Soldiers

October 8, 2012

“Let monuments be raised in every town, let songs be sung and orations delivered,” urged this state politician and skilled speechmaker. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Hartford, War and Defense

Corpse preserver

Death and Mourning in the Civil War Era

August 13, 2012

The Civil War transformed traditional practices of death and mourning in Victorian-era Connecticut.  …[more]

Categories: Belief, Civil War, Civil War and Reconstruction, Everyday Life

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