“I don’t want to see anyone die.”

“With war there is a price and that price is freedom. So we had to move; we had to endure. We had to gut it up and be a man.” – From the Portrayal of Private William Webb, Civil War Soldier of the 29th Connecticut Volunteers, one of the rich resources held in the public trust by the Connecticut State Library.

“The American Civil War was one of the earliest true industrial wars. Railroads, the telegraph, steamships, and mass-produced weapons were employed extensively.” – Wikipedia

The War Between the States began 150 years ago. The repercussions of industrial innovation still are present in Connecticut, noted as a cradle of innovation, provisions and development of firearms that helped win the battle.

To mark the 150th year since the American Civil War began, members of the Connecticut Historical Society staff will be at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17.

A variety of original Civil War-related objects illustrating the daily life of troops serving in the war will be on display.

There are many interesting exhibits around the state to explore to shed light on the human aspects of the conflict, as well as memorials, events and historical sights worth noting.

On display and open to the public, exhibits at the Museum of Connecticut History inside the Connecticut State Library in Hartford, include an extensive section on firearms across the state, Civil War artifacts and battle flags, photographs and memorabilia soldiers brought home from their travels during the war. Industrial and military history of all eras illustrate the role of the state and its citizens in the development of the nation.

The original charter, preserved in an ornate frame made of “Charter Oak” wood, prominently displayed, alone is worth a visit.

Also on permanent display are the State Constitutions of 1818 and 1964 and Connecticut’s copy of the United States Bill of Rights.