CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT, OCT. 6 2012, 9am-3pm
AN 1860s LIVING HISTORY EVENT IN MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT
2d Connecticut Regiment of Volunteers Heavy Artillery
The Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery is a non-profit group of Civil War reenactors based in Woodbury, CT, with members from as far as New Milford, CT and Massachusetts. Started in 1997, the group portrays the Nineteenth Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in the years following 1863.
History of the Original Nineteenth (re-designated the Second).
Stationed in the forts protecting Washington City from the time of their induction in 1861 to 1864, they learned the artillery drill on the huge, land-based cannons, and were re-designated as the Second Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery. When Ulysses Grant took command of the Union Army, he pulled many Heavy Artillery regiments from the forts and had them function as “red-legged” infantry, as they were originally trained. The Seconds’ trial by fire was the Battle of Cold Harbor in which 323 men of the approx. 1,000 man regiment were killed. The regiment would go on to participate in the siege of Petersburg; several battles in the Shenandoah Valley, including the battle of Cedar Creek; back to Petersburg for the breakthrough, and finally to the surrender at Appomattox.
Today’s Modern Second.
A family oriented group fielding up to 35 rifles and with a civilian contingent of approximately 15. We are non-profit, having used fund-raising via parades, living histories and school programs, and a grant from the State of Connecticut to place a monument to the Second on the Cold Harbor Battlefield, the first monument there.
Living History Encampments and Reenactments.
The Second participates in Living Histories—usually one day—with displays of items and activities common to the 1860s; and Reenactments—two to three day events—with Union and Confederate military camps, sometimes a civilian “town,” cannons, cavalry and battles each day. Depending on the sponsor, these may be historically based battles or fictional.
“We live in the tents, trying to emulate the people of the 1860s and minimizing the 21st century items. Ever after, you will appreciate flush toilets, air-conditioning, and running water.”
For detailed information about the 2d, visit their site at:
2d Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery.
How the 2d Connecticut has given to the community since 1997:
- Established the first Union monument to the original 2nd Conn. Heavies at Cold Harbor Battlefield, Mechanicsville, Va.
Donations by the 2nd Connecticut for Preservation Projects:
- Connecticut stained glass windows at The Christ Reform Church, Sharpsburg, Md.
- Reconstruction of fences at the Poffenberger Farm, Antietam Battlefield, Md.
- Refurbishing project for the 10th Massachusetts monument, Gettysburg, Pa.
- Restoration of Antietam caisson, Antietam Battlefield, Md.
- Soldiers’ Monument, Waterbury, Ct.
- Monetary donation to the T.A. Hungerford Museum, Harwinton, Ct.
- Renovation of the Woodbury Old Town Hall, Woodbury, Ct.
- Civil War book donations to Connecticut school libraries as part of education programs performed by membership.
- Preservation/restoration of Colonel E.S. Kellogg Gravestone, Winchester, Ct.
- Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, Middletown,Va.
- Saylers Creek Battlefield, Rice, Va. & Shenandoah Battlefield Association, Va.