Revolution and the New Nation

U.S. Frigate Constitution, Isaac Hull, Esqr., commander

Fame and Infamy for the Hulls of Derby

August 16, 2018

Two Connecticut men, uncle and nephew, had starring roles—one in defeat and one in victory—during the War of 1812. …[more]

Categories: Derby, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, Surprise, War and Defense, War of 1812

The Stonington Battle Flag

The Stonington Battle Flag

August 10, 2018

On August 10, 1814, during a lull in the attack by the British on Stonington, citizens nailed a large US flag–a banner of defiance–to a pole above the battery. …[more]

Categories: Revolution and the New Nation, Stonington, War and Defense, War of 1812

Leffingwell Inn, Norwichtown

Christopher Leffingwell Born – Today in History: June 11

June 11, 2018

On June 11, 1734, businessman and civic leader Christopher Leffingwell was born in Norwich. Leffingwell’s ancestors founded Norwich in the... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Business and Industry, Norwich, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Fight at Ridgefield

Battle at Ridgefield – Today in History: April 27

April 27, 2018

On April 27, 1777, American forces under the command of Major General David Wooster attacked the retreating British troops under... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Ridgefield

An Orderly & Decent Government: A New State, A New Constitution, 1776-1818

April 12, 2018

The American Revolution prompted enormous political and social changes in other states, but Connecticut remained a "land of steady habits" until 1817 brought change to state government. …[more]

Categories: An Orderly & Decent Government, Constitution of 1818, Politics and Government, Revolution and the New Nation, The State

Litchfield’s Revolutionary War Soldiers’ Tree

April 10, 2018

The first Arbor Day was held on April 10, 1872, and became an international event 11 years later when Birdsley Northrup of Kent, Connecticut, introduced the concept to Japan.  …[more]

Categories: Environment, Kent, Litchfield, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Benedict Arnold: America’s Most Famous Traitor

March 30, 2018

Benedict Arnold of Norwich was one of the great Continental army heroes of the American Revolution before committing treason and joining the British army. …[more]

Categories: Benedict Arnold, Danbury, New Haven, New London, Norwich, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War, Ridgefield, War and Defense

William C. Redfield

William Redfield Born – Today in History: March 26

March 26, 2018

On March 26, 1789, William C. Redfield, the noted American meteorologist, was born in Middletown. Redfield had observed after a... Read more » …[more]

Categories: Exploration and Discovery, Middletown, Revolution and the New Nation, Science, Weather

Israel Putnam: A Youthful Trailblazer Turned Colonial Militiaman

February 26, 2018

Israel Putnam served with distinction in the Seven Years' War and in the Revolutionary War, particularly at the Battle of Bunker Hill. …[more]

Categories: Brooklyn, Israel Putnam, Pomfret, Putnam, Redding, Revolution and the New Nation, Revolutionary War

Thomas Jefferson and the Embargo of 1807

Connecticut and the Embargo Act of 1807

January 9, 2018

The Embargo Act of 1807 stifled Connecticut trade with Europe, but ultimately boosted local manufacturing. …[more]

Categories: Constitution of 1818, Revolution and the New Nation, The State

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