The American Civil War Series, Part II — Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road Wilton, CT 06897 Tel: 203-762-3950

The American Civil War Series, Part II

A Connecticut Focus

A four-part Scholarly Series
presented by the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library

The Scholarly Series collaboration between the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library kicks off its fifth season with The American Civil War Series, Part II – A Connecticut Focus. A reception follows each of the four talks. Books will be available for purchase and signing when available and applicable. The hosts for the lecture series are Louise Herot and Greg Chann with moderators Max Gabrielson and Steve Hudspeth. The series is made possible by a grant from The Wilton Bank. There is no charge for the series, but donations are always welcome. Registration is essential.

To register, click on the registration links below or call 203-762-3950, ext. 213.


Connecticut in the Civil War – Matthew Warshauer

January 29, 4 – 5:30 pm

Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT, 203-762-7257

Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, speaks on the subject of his recently published book, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival, which offers readers a remarkable window into the state’s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of a nation. The arc of the war is traced through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory.

”Warshauer’s account puts political parties and questions about racial policy at the heart of Connecticut’s wartime history. I hope that every state’s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one.” (Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties)

Matthew Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990. He completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997, and has served as editor of Connecticut History since 2003. In 2007, Dr. Warshauer won the Connecticut State University Trustees Research Award.

This lecture is sponsored by Leland of Wilson Wilson Properties, LLC. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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Connecticut Women in the Civil War – Dione Longley

Sunday, February 26, 4 – 5:30 pm

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 203-762-3950, ext. 213

In this second lecture of the annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society focusing on the American Civil War, Part II, Dione Longley will discuss the role of women in the Civil War. She includes many quotations from the women themselves–their letters and diaries–as well as from the soldiers. She prefers to use real stories about specific people to illustrate the points she is emphasizing, and as she puts it, ”And boy, are there a lot of great stories.”

Ms. Longley graduated from Wesleyan in 1982. She worked in the curatorial department of the Connecticut Historical Society and for two decades was the director of the Middlesex County Historical Society in Middletown. She recently annotated The Old Leather Man (Wesleyan University Press), and she is writing a book on Connecticut in the Civil War with Peter A. “Buck” Zaidel.

This lecture is sponsored by Nancy Pantoliano.  The moderator is Max Gabrielson.

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Connecticut’s African-American Soldiers – David Koch

Sunday, March 4, 4 – 5:30 pm

Wilton Historical Society
224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT, 203-762-7257

In this third lecture of the annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, this year focusing on the American Civil War Series, Part II, David Koch will discuss the role of Connecticut’s African-American soldiers in the Civil War.

Connecticut, known as “the land of steady habits,” saw profound change occur as a result of the war in almost every aspect of its politics, economy, and society. Many of these changes were brought on unwilling – one of these was the decision to raise two regiments of African-American soldiers. This talk will center on the 29th and 30th Connecticut regiments, which saw valuable service in the war. However, on a larger level, these and other volunteer units ushered in an era of sweeping change in the state’s treatment of its African-American citizens. The experience of these men, who served in the war with little more to anticipate from its ending than the chance to create future opportunities for others, is an inspiring story of courage and sacrifice.

Dave Koch is an Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Though a wide-ranging historian, Koch’s specialty areas are the Civil War and Native American History. He has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage. He has also lectured for organizations across the country and in Europe on such topics as Civil War Battles, Politics in the Civil War, Medicine in the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s life and political activities, and Slavery and the American Experience, as well as specialized presentations on the Gettysburg National Cemetery, the Battle of Gettysburg, and Connecticut in the Civil War.

This lecture is sponsored by Bill and Kathleen Brennan. The moderator is Max Gabrielson.

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The Artist in the Civil War – Don Troiani

Sunday, March 18, 4 – 5:30 pm

Wilton Library
137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 203-762-3950, ext. 213

This last program in the American Civil War Series, Part II features artist Don Troiani, who vividly captures on canvas the many battle scenes of the Civil War, along with paintings of arms, uniforms – everything that can be documented pictorially and in well-researched detail.  He will talk about his art along with the role that the artist played in the Civil War.

From his website (www.historicalartprints.com), ”In the spirit of presenting historical truth through art, Don Troiani has personally set uncompromising standards of excellence and authenticity in his field that few others can equal. Models are chosen with the greatest care to achieve the proper look of the men… The garb and gear of each figure are painstakingly researched. Period settings are found and researched, sometimes sending the artist hundreds of miles from home to examine battlefields and structures firsthand.”

”Alone among the current generation of artists, he combines drama and convincing realism with a painstaking attention to detail and historical accuracy.” Les Jensen, former curator, Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va. Center of Military History.

This lecture is sponsored by Robert and Anne Cuddy. The moderator is Steve Hudspeth. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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