Thursday, September 06, 2012

Watch: Video 'trailer' for Men of Antietam talk

On Sept. 19, 1862, this headline screamed from the pages of the Hartford Courant.
Two days earlier, in the farm fields and woodlots of a small western Maryland town called Sharpsburg, four regiments of soldiers from Connecticut fought to preserve the Union. In the days after the battle, the Courant published the staggering lists of those killed and wounded in the 8th, 11th, 14th and 16th Connecticut. Four captains in the 16th Connecticut were killed, including a brilliant professor from Bristol named Newton Manross. Marvin Wait, a 19-year-old lieutenant in the 8th Connecticut from Norwich, was mortally wounded. He had hoped to become a lawyer, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Another teenager, John Bingham, a private in the 16th Connecticut, died in a farmer's cornfield. In a letter home to his father back in Brooklyn, Conn., his brother, also a private in the regiment, broke that awful news to the family. John Griswold, a Yale graduate and an adventurer, was mortally wounded in Antietam Creek. As he lay dying, he told General Ambrose Burnside: "I die as I have ever wished to die, for my country." At the Avon (Conn.) Free Library on Saturday at 1 p.m., I'll talk about these four soldiers and six other men from Connecticut who were killed or mortally wounded on the bloodiest day in American history. Events begin at noon. Go here for more information and be sure to check out my video "trailer" above.

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FACES OF CIVIL WAR: Stories and photos of common soldiers who served during the war.
MORE ON ANTIETAM: Read my extensive thread on the battle and the men who fought there.

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