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Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice & Survival
(Wesleyan University Press, 2011).  Order now!

Though a great deal has been written on national aspects of the Civil War, and many works have engaged the story of various Connecticut regiments, only a single book in the past century has focused on Connecticut's wider Civil War experience.  John Niven's, Connecticut for the Union: The Role of the State in the Civil War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1965) was written at the request of Connecticut's Civil War Centennial Commission.  The book is now out of print, and though it offers a solid primer to the state's Civil War history, a great deal has been written in the Civil War field since its publication.  Moreover, the availability of resources, both nationally and within Connecticut, has increased dramatically.

Connecticut in the American Civil War tells the story of Connecticut's role and connection to the Great Rebellion, from attitudes towards slavery and abolition, to the initial call for troops and why they fought, to the state's incredible war-related industry, the intense animosity among some to the Lincoln administration and the war, and, finally, a discussion of how the war has been memorialized throughout the state, with monuments dotting Connecticut towns and cities.

The CCSU alumni magazine, the Central focus, published an excerpt from the book in the Summer 2010 issue. To read the excerpt, please click here. 

From the book jacket:  A riveting account of Connecticut,s involvement in the Civil War Connecticut in the American Civil War offers readers a remarkable window into the state,s involvement in a conflict that challenged and defined the unity of a nation. The arc of the war is traced through the many facets and stories of battlefield, home front, and factory. Matthew Warshauer masterfully reveals the varied attitudes toward slavery and race before, during, and after the war; Connecticut,s reaction to the firing on Fort Sumter; the dissent in the state over whether or not the sword and musket should be raised against the South; the raising of troops; the sacrifice of those who served on the front and at home; and the need for closure after the war. This book is a concise, amazing account of a complex and troubling war. No one interested in this period of American history can afford to miss reading this important contribution to our national and local stories. 


"Warshauer,s account puts political parties and questions about racial policy at the heart of Connecticut,s wartime history. I hope that every state,s commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War produces a study as good as this one."--Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties

"With Connecticut in the American Civil War, Matthew Warshauer links local and personal stories to a well known national story, providing readers with provocation and useful ways to think about Connecticut,s past, the Civil War, and their effects on contemporary issues."--Sally Whipple, former president, Connecticut League of Historical Organizations


"This significant reappraisal of Connecticut in the Civil War era will add importantly to our understanding of the road to, and actual crisis of, the war and its impact on the North." --Peter Hinks, author of To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren: David Walker and the Problem of Antebellum Slave Resistance

The Bristol Press, March 23, 2011


Matthew Warshauer is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. He is the editor of the scholarly journal Connecticut History and the author of Andrew Jackson and the Politics of Martial Law: Nationalism, Civil Liberties, and Partisanship and Andrew Jackson in Context.

Inside Connecticut and the Civil War

Inside Connecticut and the Civil War: Essays on One State's Struggles
Matthew Warshauer, ed.
Garnet Books; Wesleyan Press. Order here.

"The topics are not necessarily what one may immediately think of when thinking about Civil War history. These well-researched essays will certainly intrigue historians and should 'spur new historical inquiry and insights.'"
--Maine Antiques Digest

How a small state struggled, survived, and remains connected to its past.
This collection of nine original essays provides a rich new understanding of Connecticut,s vital role in the Civil War. The book's nine chapters address an array of individual topics that together weave an intricate fabric depicting the state's involvement in this tumultuous period of American history. In-depth examinations of subjects as diverse as the abolitionist movement in Windham County, the shipbuilding industry in Mystic, and post-traumatic stress disorder in Connecticut veterans serve as an excellent companion to Matthew Warshauer's earlier book on the subject, Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival. Contributors include David C. W. Batch, Luke G. Boyd, James E. Brown, Michael Conlin, Emily E. Gifford, Todd Jones, Diana Moraco, Carol Patterson-Martineau, and Michael Sturges.

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"This collection adds many insights to our expanding knowledge of the Civil War as it impacted the North."
--Earl Mulderink, Civil War Book Review
"In all, this is a rather remarkable little book. In 274 pages, Warshauer and his students have packed a treasury of information that effectively addresses the issues of Connecticut's role in the Civil War and the evolution of the state's collective memory about it. As such, it will serve as a valuable artifact of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Connecticut for those who shape the bicentennial in 2061."
--Stephen P. McGrath, Connecticut History Review

"Inside Connecticut and the Civil War expands our understanding of the Civil War home front and the war,s lasting impact on the North. No Civil War collection worth its salt should be without this volume."--Paul Alan Cimbala, professor of history, Fordham University
"These well-researched and incisive essays cover a wide range of fresh topics to demonstrate the essential role Connecticut played in the Civil War. This is a fine addition to the growing literature on the Civil War-era North."--Andrew L. Slap, author of The Doom of Reconstruction: The Liberal Republicans in the Civil War Era


Heroes for All Time Book

Heroes for All Time: Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories

Dione Longley, Buck Zaidel. Wesleyan University Press, 2015. Order here.

Compelling first-hand accounts of the war, lavishly illustrated with rare period photos
Voices of Civil War soldiers rise from the pages of Heroes for All Time. This book presents the war straight from the minds and pens of its participants; rich passages from soldiers, letters and diaries complement hundreds of outstanding period photographs, most previously unpublished. The soldiers, moving experiences, thoughts, and images animate each chapter. Written accounts by nurses and doctors, soldiers, families, and volunteers on the home front add intriguing details to our picture of the struggle, which claimed roughly 6,000 Connecticut lives. Rare war artifacts--a bone ring carved on the battlefield or a wad of tobacco acquired from a rebel picket--connect the reader to the men and boys who once owned them. From camp life to battle, from Virginia to Louisiana, from the opening shot at Bull Run to the cheering at Appomattox, Heroes for All Time tells the story of the war through vivid, personal portrayals.

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"I highly recommend this rich and well-edited collection of original source material, which reflects the lived experience of Connecticut soldiers and their families during the Civil War--tracing that experience from initial enthusiasm, through times of suffering and hardship, to victory and the return home."--Richard Slotkin, author of The Long Road to Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution

"Heroes for All Time weaves compelling personal accounts and evocative original images with crisp narrative to create a riveting, unforgettable account of Nutmeggers, Civil War experience from battlefield to home front." --Diana Ross McCain, head of the Connecticut Historical Society Research Center

DIONE LONGLEY is an independent historian and writer. For two decades, she served as director of the Middlesex County Historical Society. She annotated The Old Leather Man, by Dan DeLuca. BUCK ZAIDEL, a dentist and longtime Civil War enthusiast, collects objects and images related to Union soldiers, daily lives. He has exhibited at Civil War and antique arms shows across the country, and contributed items to museum exhibitions, including Photography and the American Civil War at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Additional Civil War Publications:

Special Civil War Issue of Connecticut History. The state's only academic journal, Connecticut History is published by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History in cooperation with the CCSU History Department. The Civil War issue will be available in 2011 at the April conference and commemoration

Connecticut Explored is the state's gateway magazine for offering the public intriguing articles about Connecticut's history. Readily available at the April Conference and commemoration, this special issue of the Hog River Journal will prove to be an outstanding resource for those seeking a broad and readable view of Connecticut's war-time experience.