Connecticut’s Role in the

American Civil War


   The Mattatuck Museum will host Dr. Matthew Warshauer, author of Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice and Survival, on Thursday May 26, 2011 at 5:30pm. Dr. Warshauer is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University and co-chair of the Connecticut Civil War Commemoration Commission.

   He will discuss his new book as well as the plans that are underway for the state’s 150th anniversary of the war. Although most may not immediately think of Connecticut when considering the Civil War, the state was extremely involved in the conflict. We sent more than 30 regiments to the front, had an extensive industrial capacity, and an active home front. Connecticut is also home to more than 130 Civil War monuments.

   Connecticut in the American Civil War offers a remarkable window into the state’s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of our nation. The war is followed through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory. The varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war are revealed. Connecticut’s reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should be raised against the South; the raising of troops; the sacrifice of those who served on the front and at home; and the need for closure after the war are all discussed.

   Admission to Looks at Connecticut’s Role in the American Civil War is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for the member discount. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10. 

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