The planning committee of Meriden’s Civil War Encampment is happy to announce our event listing on Connecticut’s premiere Civil War website: Central Connecticut State University (CCSU): Civil War where you can also learn about Connecticut’s and your town’s involvement in the American Civil War.
Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War — 150th Anniversary
The following is quoted from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU): Civil War
Connecticut & the Civil War
Connecticut Commemorates the Civil War is a collaborative effort by the state’s many historical societies, museums, libraries, and universities to study and inspire public awareness of the American Civil War and Connecticut’s involvement in it.
Perhaps the most trying period in the nation’s history, the War of Rebellion rocked America to its very core. Some 620,000 soldiers perished (recent scholarship argues the more accurate number is 750,000) and every aspect of the society, both north and south, was unalterably impacted.
Connecticut was no different. The little Constitution State sent 55,000 men to war, which represented 12% of the total population. For men between the ages of 15-50, the number was actually 47%, a remarkable figure unparalleled in the state’s history. Connecticut created 29 infantry regiments, as well as light and heavy artillery units and cavalry units. Connecticut industry produced massive amounts of weapons and other war materiel. Some historians note that the state supplied a full third of Union weaponry.
Meriden’s Civil War Encampment
See our listing (below) along with other events at CCSU: Civil War Events Calendar
Friday, October 5 – 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. — Civil War Remembrance Concert, Lincoln Middle School Theater, 164 Centennial Ave., Meriden, CT — The kick-off to the next day’s event. See below.
Saturday, October 6 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Civil War Encampment, Meriden CT — Located near the original site of Camp Tyler, a training camp for the First Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Cavalry and the First Battery Connecticut Volunteer Light Artillery, the 2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery volunteers will act in the roles of militia and the ancillary but indispensable players associated with the camp, such as washerwomen, cooks and blacksmiths.
An historical event to honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to recognize Meriden’s contributions. The event is a collaborative effort of the 2d Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Meriden Historical Society, Meriden ArtsTrust, Inc. and Quinnipiac River Watershed Association and is made possible through a generous grant from the Meriden Foundation.