Friday, July 20, 2012

Follow Friday: Update on the Civil War posts and ... Boston 1775

    First of all, a shout-out to all readers! A comment on John Banks's entry turned up an amazing Civil War story. You can read more here: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2012/07/faces-of-civil-war-gideon-s-barnes.html.
    Boston 1775 is written by a Massachusetts-based writer and local historian. While officially the blog covers the American Revolution in Massachusetts, it turns out to contain a lot of information on Connecticut's involvement as well. One of my favorite entries traces the activities of Simeon Lyman (of Sharon) during an eventful three days when he constructed a powder horn. Another post reviews a recent book on Benedict Arnold, who was responsible for burning New London. I'm still learning to love the American Revolution as much as I do the Civil War, but this might be a great starting point.
   By the way, if you want to research your family's connection to the American Revolution, consider visiting the DAR's Genealogical Research Service. The "descendant search" will tell you if someone has already traced your family tree.

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