Historian portraits Connecticut during Civil War


Wednesday, 30 December 2009 17:46

Housatonic Community College Professor David Koch will discuss “Connecticut in the Civil War,” Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Library.

Connecticut provided a greater percentage of its citizens as Union manpower than any other state. Its soldiers and sailors underwent triumph and tragedy in every theater of operations in the war.

In addition, Connecticut was the arsenal of the Union with factories producing uniforms, guns and equipment for the Union armies in unheard of profusion, making Union armies the best-equipped in human history until that time.

Professor Koch’s presentation paints a portrait of Connecticut in the Civil War, a contradictory picture of a state on the cusp of change, though struggling to retain a way of life rapidly fading into a bucolic past.

Koch is an assistant professor of history at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport. Though a wide-ranging historian, Koch’s specialty areas are the Civil War and Native American History.

He has worked for national historical and natural sites, promoting the nation’s physical and historical heritage. He has also lectured for organizations across the country on such topics relating to different aspects of the Civil War.

“Sunday Afternoon Talks” is a monthly series of informative and entertaining talks featuring prominent local guest speakers. Speakers are notable local experts on a wide range of topics.

Upcoming speakers include Stratford Deputy Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour and author Mark Albertson. For further information call the library’s Public Relations & Programming Office at 203.385.4162 or visit its website at stratfordlibrary.org