Hidden history of Civil War soldiers topic of discussion

“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 stories are examined in Banks’s new book. He will shine a light on many of these long-forgotten Connecticut Yankees at the Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer St., Bristol, on Sept. 8 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.