Lecture: Heroes for All Time
Date: May 31, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Litchfield History Museum
Age(s): All
Fee: Free for members; $5 for non-members
Registration: Yes, email registration@litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org
Description: In the summer of 1862, the men of Litchfield County went to war. Hundreds of them would never return. On Sunday, May 31st, authors Buck Zaidel and Dione Longley will give a program on their Civil War book, Heroes for All Time: Connecticut’s Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories. Their presentation, focusing on the local men and boys of Connecticut’s 2nd Heavy Artillery, will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Litchfield Historical Society. Heroes For All Time presents the war straight from the minds and pens of its participants: rich passages from letters and diaries reveal the experiences and feelings of soldiers, nurses, chaplains, and doctors as they went through its horrors, dangers and glories. Accompanying these personal accounts are hundreds of rare period photographs of soldiers, battlefields, army camps and hospitals, bringing the war to life for the reader. The authors’ program will concentrate on the stories of the Litchfield County unit formed in 1862, which—though ridiculed by veteran soldiers as a regiment of sissies—fought courageously in Virginia battles such as Cold Harbor, Winchester, and Cedar Creek, and paid an enormous price in casualties. Hundreds of the “Second Heavies,” as they called themselves, fell on the field at Cold Harbor, the regiment’s first battle. The families in the towns and villages of the Litchfield Hills were devastated to read one familiar name after another in the list of dead and wounded published by the Litchfield Enquirer days after the battle. “Old Litchfield’s best sons have laid their lives on the alter of their country,” wrote Private Lewis Bissell to his parents.