Civil War Monuments and Memorials in and Around the State Capitol

Front view of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, CT, 2013 - Courtesy of Stacey Renee

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford Civil War relic from the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19-20, 1863. Or is it? This 29th (Colored) Regiment CVI state "regimental" flag was presented to the unit March 19, 1864. Major General Alfred H. Terry statue, State Capitol, Hartford
Bronze Tablet dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address on April 9, 1927 The gun wheel of the First Light Battery in the Connecticut State Capitol. Governor Buckingham's Statue, Hall of Flags, State Capitol, dedicated June 18, 1884. Side view of the USS <em>Hartford</em> figurehead, Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.
First Connecticut Heavy Artillery monument, dedicated September 25, 1902. Andersonville Military Prison Boy replica, dedicated September 17, 1909. Hawley Memorial Medallion, dedicated October 18, 1912. Ulysses Grant Memorial Tablet, dedicated October 4, 1916.
Currently 55 Civil War era flags are on display in the Hall of Flags. The Gideon Welles statue on the Connecticut State Capitol building's facade. USS <em>Hartford</em> model, Connecticut State Capitol, 1945. Front view of the Connecticut State Capitol facade.

During the fall 2013 semester at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Dr. Matthew Warshauer’s History 501 (the Professional Historian) students completed a semester-long project that focused on the monuments and memorials from the Civil War era in and around the state capitol in Hartford, Connecticut. Under Dr. Warshauer’s guidance, the students chose to research a monument or memorial that lived in, or on the grounds of, our state capitol and pertained directly to the Civil War and to the Civil War era. The students dug through archives and discovered original research; they utilized primary and secondary source materials; they photographed, visited, and wrote research papers. The result of their hard work is that 15 monuments now have written histories for the public to peruse and enjoy, and there are 15 more stories in the Connecticut Civil War canon. From hard facts to legends, the students unearthed a trove of 19th-century Connecticut history that you can not only read about, but see firsthand when you visit Hartford. Compiled here on, the 15 resources are easily accessed online, through tablets and smartphones, or in person. We here at like to publish and highlight student work on our site and would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Warshauer and his History 501 students for putting in countless hours of hard work to bring Civil War Monuments and Memorials in and around the State Capitol to life for all to learn from and enjoy. If you would like to learn more about Connecticut in the Civil War, please visit our Civil War topics page, pick up Dr. Warshauer’s recently published Connecticut in the Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival, and visit the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission’s web page.

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