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APRIL 2000Volume 2 Number 2

"Connecticut for the Union"

Joanne Turschman, Library Specialist

In replica uniform and equipments of a Connecticut infantry private, Dean Nelson poses in a statuary niche at the Connecticut State Library.
In replica uniform and equipments of a Connecticut infantry private, Dean Nelson poses in a statuary niche at the Connecticut State Library.

During April 2000, The Museum of Connecticut History will open its exhibit on Connecticut's involvement in the Civil War. Titled "Connecticut for the Union", there will be a vast array of materials on display, drawn from both public and private collections. Interest in this subject is already piqued by Connecticut Public Television's airing in March of their special, New England in the Civil War.

Our museum administrator, Dean E. Nelson assisted CPTV as a special consultant on this project. An authority on the U.S. Civil War, Dean participated in the Civil War Centennial. He collects, studies and makes his own uniforms, accouterments and shoes, shoots with the North-South Skirmish Association, tours sites, transcribes soldiers' letters and has written on winter camp architecture, and the Union army shirt of standard size and make. Hardtack and Coffee; or the Haversack's Delights, in the summer 1999 issue of Military Collector & Historian (Vol. 51 no. 2) is Dean's most recently published work.

"Connecticut for the Union" has been an ambitious project for the museum staff, and promises to be an exciting and educational activity for New England residents.

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