|16th Connecticut Captain Newton Manross, who was killed at the Battle of Antietam,|
grew up in this house in Bristol, Conn. Ken Hintz bought the house on
Washington Street in 1974. (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
|The exterior of the house looks much like it did when Manross lived here.|
|A wartime image of Newton Manross, captain of |
Company K in the 16th Connecticut.
Newton was one of nine children of well-known Bristol clockmaker Elisha Manross and his wife, Maria. (Two of
Manross' brothers, John and Eli, also served in the Union army.) Newton, who graduated from Yale with a degree in geology in 1850, was quite inquisitive even as a youth. Taking refuge from the rain during a fishing trip near his home, he discovered what he thought was a white stone on the floor of cavern. Upon closer inspection, the "stone" proved to be a skull of an Indian. Manross returned the next day, unearthed the entire skeleton of the Indian and took the skull to his father's shop, where it was used as a grotesque holder for small parts for clock movements.
Sadly, Manross was killed by cannon fire at Antietam, the first battle of the war for the 16th Connecticut. (See my interactive panorama of where Manross fell at Antietam here.) His death had a profound effect on the men in his regiment. “The loss of our Captain was keenly felt by every member of the Company, for he not only recruited the men, mostly from the town of Bristol, Conn., but he cared for his men constantly,” wrote Pvt. George Robbins of the 16th Connecticut. “They felt for him almost a filial affection.” Manross is buried near his mother, father and wife in Forestville Cemetery in Bristol, about a mile and a half from his boyhood home.
|Ken Hintz owns a clock that was made by Elisha Manross, Newton Manross' father.|
Elisha was a well-known clockmaker in Bristol, Conn.