Connecticut's Civil War Monuments
This online guide to the Civil War Monuments of Connecticut is reproduced from a study published by David F. Ransom in the Connecticut Historical Society's Bulletin, vol. 58 (1-4), 1993 & vol. 59 (1-4), 1994. These volumes are still available for sale in our museum shop and can be puchased online.
Mr. Ransom's original work was recompiled from various electronic files, and partially recaptured by OCR. The text was marked up in XML, and then converted to HTML. This guide was extensively reformatted in HTML in 2010.
This publication is based on a survey of Connecticut's civic Civil War monuments that was undertaken with the assistance of a matching grant-in-aid from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Connecticut Historical Commission, John W. Shannahan, Director and State Historic Preservation Officer. The project could not have gone forward without the support of Mr. Shannahan, his Deputy, Dawn Maddox, and Survey and Grants Director, Mary M. Donohue.
Mary M. Donohue willingly promoted the survey even though Civil War monuments had been largely ignored by the state's cultural resource managers who came before her; for her initiative she has my profound gratitude. Dawn Maddox made notable improvement to the text through thorough and sensitive editing for which she is widely known. Michael A. McBride added a knowledgeable critique of Civil War military terms and service information from the Adjutant General's records.
I also wish to thank my professional colleagues Gregory E. Andrews and W. Phillips Barlow for their fieldwork. David Ruell and Laura S. Zelasnik by original research in Concord, New Hampshire, and New York City, respectively, added heretofore unknown information about the activities of James G. Batterson in those cities. Cassandra Corrigan's mastery of database intricacies was essential to organizing the information.
On a statewide basis, the solid information supplied by municipal historians and public library reference librarians was most impressive. These historians and librarians function with high efficiency in accurately tracking the state's history. A unique source of information was the extensive records of the Smith Granite Company, which are meticulously maintained by Isaac Gallup Smith, Jr. Mr. Smith was most gracious in sharing the treasures of his peerless resource.
The Connecticut Historical Society, Christopher P. Bickford, former Executive Director, generously undertook this publication of the survey. Everett C. Wilkie, Jr., editor of the Bulletin, offered enthusiastic encouragement from the first, while Assistant Editor Jill Padelford acted imaginatively as desk-top publisher. To Diana Royce and Kelly Nolin go my warmest thanks for their volunteer commitment to the difficult but essential task of proofreading.
While I gratefully acknowledge assistance from these and other sources, the responsibility for judgment decisions is mine. Any errors or omissions must be ascribed to me.
David F. Ransom