News Release

HCC Prof To Discuss Civil War Mascots

10/24, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Events Center, Beacon Hall

Open to Public at No Charge

BRIDGEPORT - Housatonic Community College History Professor David Koch October 24 will examine an oft-ignored lighthearted side of the Civil War: animal mascots.

 “Surprisingly, many units brought animals with them into the field,” Koch said, “some, like Old Abe, the bald eagle of the 8th Wisconsin Regiment, had a perch, so he could be on the front line during battle.”

Koch will discuss how animals have been used throughout history to represent nations, families, and military units.  He will show a more human side of a war that is often most examined only in terms of casualties, political acts, weaponry, and logistics.

Koch, who has lectured on historical topics at libraries and other venues through the state, will give two talks: one at 1 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall and another at 7 p.m. in the same location. Both events are open to the public at no charge.

Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.  To learn more, visit the college’s website at: <> .

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.