Guilford Turns its Town Green into 1860’s America

History came alive on the gorgeous spring day of May 31, 2014, when the Guilford Green was abuzz with stories, music, dance, theatre, horse-drawn carriages and more, channeling 1860's America. "Guilford & The Civil War: A Day of Tribute" took place in honor of Guilford's 375th Anniversary, commemorating the valiant soldiers who fought and gave their lives in America's deadliest war, and recognizing as well the families and entire Guilford community who supported them on the homefront. … [Read more...]

Snapshot of a Civil War Soldier: William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett

Snapshot of a Civil War Soldier:  William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett The Civil War monument on the Guilford Green lists the names of Guilford residents who gave their lives for us.  Representative of these men is William (Willie) Nelson Bartlett, who died of a gunshot to the heart when he was 20 years old. Here’s what we know about Willie from his death records and his compiled service record at the National Archives and Records Administration.  The ctfreedomtrail.org website provides … [Read more...]

A Community Looks at the Role of Its African-American Soldiers during the Civil War

by Edie Brown and Tracy Tomaselli Like three other towns in Connecticut - Fairfield, Milford and Stratford - the Town of Guilford is celebrating the 375th year of its founding in 1639. Guilford's celebration will include commemorating the national Civil War Sesquicentennial with a Guilford 375th Anniversary Signature Event that celebrates the lives of Guilford soldiers and other residents during the Civil War. While preparing for the event, called Guilford and the Civil War, the … [Read more...]

Local Girl Scouts Continue the Tradition of Supporting the Military

Connecticut’s role in the Civil War was mainly one of providing equipment, arms, money, supplies and manpower for the Union Army and the Union Navy, but Guilford’s role was a more personal one. In the 1860s, just as today, virtually no family escaped the pain of war as sons, fathers, brothers, friends, and neighbors marched off to battle. The Guilford community rallied behind them, offering care and support to the soldiers and their families. The women of the Soldier's Aid Society made socks, … [Read more...]

Guilford and the Civil War

by Tracy Tomaselli Between the years 1861 and 1865, the United States was engaged in the Civil War, the deadliest war in American history. Guilford did its duty, providing men, supplies and support. The Town sent hundreds of its men off to the war; sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, cousins and neighbors. Many of these loved ones did not return and their sacrifices have been memorialized on the Civil War monument that stands proudly in the center of the Guilford Green, an homage to those … [Read more...]