The story of the First Connecticut Artillery Regiment, originally known as the Fourth Connecticut Volunteers, is one of great significance and central importance to the legacy of the Civil War within the Nutmeg State. The regiment, composed of over 42,000 men segmented into thirteen different companies, served alongside the most decorated regiments in the Union, including the famed Army of the P...
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...hines through in the details of company formation and volunteering mentioned in regards to the start of the war. Lastly, The book provides details on the lasting psychological effects, both adverse and positive, of service following the end of the conflict. In a powerful line, Taylor details the reality of veterans as they are obliged to march through the nation’s capital. He writes, “here are over a million men, used to the license of the camp and the field, and now flushed with great victories; they cannot safely be discharged upon society.” This line emphasizes the complicated process of re-assimilation into society experienced by those who served in the war. The graphic, and often horrid nature of battle, coupled with the witnessing of large-scale death and the general traumatic stress induced by horrible living conditions, left individuals permanently scarred.
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