Glued to the back cover of a tattered, old photo album of Ct. Soldiers who died during the Civil War, I found this poem, crinkled and yellowed with age, called "The Soldier's Funeral" by Amelia Cooke.

With muffled drums and measured tread And arms reversed, they bore the dead From battle's dim and a world of pain.  When the thread of his life had been snapped in twain.....

The slideshow below is dedicated to the men and women that served in the Revolutionary      War (1777-1781); The Ct. regiments of the Civil War (1861-1865);  World War I (1914-1918); World War II (1941-1945); Korean War (1950-1953); Vietnam War (1964-1975).

                                           Hartland HIstorical Society, Town Of Hartland, Gaylord House Museum, Hartland, Ct.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 1863
Camp Baton Rouge
25th Regiment Co. USA

Part of Letter to Fanny Blakeslee Lawton from her Son, Samuel A. Lawton while serving in the Civil War.

Dear Mom:
It is with pleasure I now sit down to answer two letters I received from home and one I received from Mattie Roberts.
One of the letters that I received was mailed on Jan 17th and the other was mailed Jan 27th.
I have received twenty three letters since I left Hartford. That is more than Colonel George Bissell has received....

Note: Samuel A. Lawton died at the Battle of Irish Bend in 1863
Our neighboring towns are all arming and moving.  Men of the first character
shoulder their arms and march off to the field of action........
The Civil War obviously stirred emotions in both the North and the South. perhaps none more so than among families who lost loved ones.  Soldiers in the 16th Regiment from Connecticut, John Banning and Rodolphus Rowe from Hartland, became prisoners of war at Plymouth N.C.  Both
were sent to Andersonville, the most notorious Civil War prison camp. 

Rowe died shortly after his release from the prison camp enroute to the North, and is buried in the national cemetary in Beaufort, S.C.

Banning died at Andersonville where he is buried under Grave No. 7742.

In the small, tidy East Hartland cemetary, among graves for Revolutionary War soldiers, a browstone memorial was placed for Banning and Rowe, probably shortly after the Civil War.  These words, worn by the elements but still easily read, appear under Banning's name and place of death. " A Martyr to this Unholy Rebellion"

Perhaps, Banning's Mother, who had depended on Banning for financial support, had these words etched on the 8 ft. memorial.  Perhaps someone else in this small farming community that lost at least fifteen men to this "Unholy Rebelllion", had the words etched.  We will never know for sure.

*information courtesy of John Banks..

Go to Page 2 For a taped presentation on WW1, Korean, WWII and the Vietnam Wars. Page 2 is a work in Progress
Go to Page 3 for more generational stories and historical information about residents of The Gaylord House Museum 
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Many thanks to John Banks, Civil War Historian and Author. His blog is at: 
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By 1860 the population of Hartland had dropped to 846-a loss of 472 from the high of 1318 in 1800. The Civil War did not find as great a response as that of earlier days. (359 Hartland men responded to the call of The Revolutionary War) Some inducement had to be offered, and at a Special Town
Meeting held on July 23rd, 1862, it was voted: "That the Town pay $100.00 to each volunteer from this Town immediately after he shall have been accepted and sworn into the United States service to fill the quota from the town, of the 300,000 men called by the President"  Eventually, 49 men answered the call.

Alford, Samuel          Banning, Alman C.      Banning, Elbert J.       Banning, John F.      Banning, Richmond H.
Barnes, Ham A.        Braman, Leonard        Bunnell, Solomon J.    Carrier, Miletus         Carrier, Samuel
Clark, Chauncey      Clark, Franklin            Clark, George H.          Clark, Marcellus       Clark, Miles C.
Clark, William W.      Coe, DeWitt C.           Coe, Leverett H.           Coe, Nathan            Cook, Sylvester T.
Couch, George         Cowdrey, Junis H.      Cowdrey, Theron L.     Emmons, Casseus   Emmons, Henry N.
Emmons, James C.   Emmons, Leverett      Farley, Patrick              Gates, Henry J.        Gibbs, Samuel
Gower, Edwin J.       Gower, James E.        Hyer, Elizer                  Jones, Alazno S.       Lawton, Samuel
Loomis, George M.   Loomis, Henry M.       Moore, Andrew N.        Moore, Richard         O'Neal, John
Roberts, John O.      Rowe, Rodolphus D.  Simmons, John F.        Squire, Hiram            Thompson, Francis
Twining, Charles E.  Viets, Charles W.        Warner, Hiram L. 
James Banks at                                                  Banning History:
Ct. Historical Manuscripts,        Historical Marker Database:  Stanley Ransom, courtesy of History of Hartland pub. 1961                                Michael B. Herrick, Southbury, Ct.
Hartland Historical Society files
Interestingly,  John's Mother
Martha B. Cowdry Banning

(b.1811, d.1870) lived with her husband  and John's Father Benjamin Hector
Banning (b.1808, d. 845). They resided next to his Brother' Schuyler Banning's farm on "Pell Hill"  which was known as the Banning Settlement area of Hartland.

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