Author discusses ‘A Hidden History of CT Union Soldiers’

“A Hidden History of CT Union Soldiers,” a book by John Banks of ESPN will detail the more than 50,000 Connecticut men and boys who served in the Union army during the Civil War. Among them is a 16th Connecticut chaplain, who as a prisoner of war disregarded a Rebel commander’s order forbidding him to pray aloud for President Lincoln and a 7th Connecticut private who was tormented by the ghost of a comrade, whom he had murdered in battle.

These and other horrific stories are examined in Banks’ new book.

Join the author at the Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol, on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for non-members, free to members, refreshments will be served.

Banks’s book will be available for sale.