Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

Gun Wheel of the First Light Battery, Connecticut Volunteers

May 15, 2018

The First Light Battery Connecticut Volunteers took part in numerous battles during the Civil War. A wheel damaged in battle now resides at the Connecticut State Capitol to commemorate the service of this unit. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Guilford, New Haven, Norwich, Simsbury, Surprise, War and Defense

A Memorial to General Hawley at the State Capitol

October 24, 2017

Although not a native of Connecticut, one would be hard pressed to find a man more committed to the people of Connecticut than Joseph Roswell Hawley. He became Brigadier General of the 1st Connecticut Infantry during the Civil War and served the state as both a senator and as Connecticut's 42nd governor. Within months of his death, the Connecticut legislature authorized construction of a memorial in his honor. …[more]

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

Sloop-of-War Ship’s Figurehead Lands at State Capitol

October 19, 2017

A figurehead from the USS Hartford currently resides at the Connecticut State Capitol and serves as a reminder of the state's rich maritime heritage. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

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

The Gettysburg Address and Heroic Fathers Bronze Tablets at the State Capitol

April 9, 2017

To counter public perceptions that Union women lacked the patriotism found in their Confederate counterparts, in 1927, two different women's organizations dedicated plaques to commemorate events and service in the Civil War. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Women

The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Tablet

October 4, 2016

The Connecticut Division of the Sons of Veterans, USA, commissioned a memorial tablet to Ulysses S. Grant who led Union forces during the Civil War, became the eighteenth president of the United States, and whose ancestors had numerous ties to Connecticut. …[more]

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

A Monument Memorializes the Fallen

September 25, 2016

In front of the state capitol is a mortar commemorating the service of the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery Regiment. The mortar may or may not be the original "Petersburg Express" used at the famous siege of Petersburg, Virginia, during the Civil War. …[more]

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

The Forlorn Soldier

September 18, 2016

The Forlorn Soldier, a statue by James G. Batterson, survived years of neglect, punishing weather, and movements to tear it down, and yet still serves an important purpose in Civil War commemoration. …[more]

Categories: Civil War, Civil War Monuments at the Capitol, Hartford, Historic Preservation

A Soldier’s Welcome

September 18, 2016

In September of 2013, officials arranged for the statue of the Forlorn Soldier to be placed in its new permanent home at the Connecticut State Capitol. …[more]

Categories: Civil War Monuments at the Capitol

Remembering Civil War Prisoners of War

September 17, 2016

Outside the Connecticut State Capitol building in Hartford stands a monument to the Connecticut prisoners retained at the Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. …[more]

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

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