The Stamford Historical Society Presents
Civil War: At Home and in the Field
a 2003 Exhibit and more
Civil War Timeline
for Stamford, Connecticut
Meeker, Captain of Stamford Light Guard, issues invitation to meeting
1st to all wishing to enlist.
||Start of military
conflict at Fort Sumter.
calls for volunteers.
called to raise the "men and means for the war," Ex-Governor
William T. Minor presides. John Davenport, Secretary. Addressing the
Thomas G. Ritch, Esq., Rev. P. S. Evans, H.F. Osborn, Rev. E.B. Huntington,
Jacob Kreig, G.B. Glendining, Cpt. Lorenzo Meeker and James Betts.
William P. Jones, Esq. gifts drum to group of recruits.
Committee appointed to raise funds.
Hon. James H. Hoyt, Isaac Quintard, Charles Brown, William Skiddy and Albert
Seely members. A sum of $4500.00 pledged.
join. Theodore Miller and Theodore Delacroix head list of 30 names.
Provision made for the raising of a
of Stamford recruits (39 men); four members, Wells Allis, Theodore
Miller, Theodore Delacroix and Peter Rooney, had been appointed a committee
to enroll other volunteers.
by Rev. P.S. Evans of Baptist Church and Rev. Weed of the Methodist
Church. This group
of recruits became Company F, 3rd Connecticut Volunteers.
Meeting called by 50 citizens headed by William Skiddy, Joseph D. Warren and James
H. Olmstead, Esq. William H. Holly chosen Chairman of the Meeting.
Resolved: By the
inhabitants of the town of Stamford, in special town meeting, legally
warned and assembled
on this 4th day of May, 1861, that a tax of one and a half mills
on the dollar, of the assessment list of this town last perfected,
be and is hereby levied, to be forthwith collected and paid into
the treasury of this town, to constitute a fund to defray the expenses
in the foregoing preamble; also to provide pecuniary aid and relief
to the families of such volunteers as have gone or may go in company
or companies organized in this town, during the absence of such volunteers.
Stephen B. Provost, Andrew Perry, Jr.,
M. Hall, Josiah Smith, and William Todd form a committee to audit the
bills of expense incurred and dispense aid to volunteer families. Each
wife at $3 per week, each child under 15 at $1 per week, each widowed
mother dependent on son for support at $3 per week.
assembles second company of recruits to be made available.
Woman of Stamford begin to organize
patriotic efforts and relief through their churches. Woman give a
banner to lead Company F, 3rd CT Volunteers.
Creation of Stamford's Home Guards
for those who could not go into the field.
of the SOLDIERS' AID SOCIETY. Composed of ladies representing
the Congregational, Episcopal, Baptists, Methodist, and Universalist
denominations of the village. Provided necessities and funds to soldiers
and their families throughout the war. Weekly meetings at private
Presidents of the Soldiers' Aid
Society included: Mrs. Theodore
Davenport, Mrs. Truman Smith, Mrs. Mary E. Miller and Mrs. H. B. Starr.
Vice President: Mrs. E. Francis; Corresponding Secretary Miss C. Tomlinson;
Secretaries: Miss Catherine Aiken and Miss A. Lowell. Treasurer: Miss
Laura E Porter.
The Board of Management
Ann Ebbets, Mrs. M. F. Merritt, Mrs. G. A. Hoyt, Mrs. J. W. Hubbard,
Mrs. James Warner, Mrs. J. H. Carrington, Mrs. R. E. Rice, Mrs. James
Betts, Mrs. C. E. Warren, Mrs. J. L.Lockwood, Mrs. Mary E. Miller,
Mrs. Woodford, Mrs. C. Weed, Mrs. Caldwell, Mrs. E. Webb, Mrs. William
Hoyt, Mrs. Albert Seely, Mrs. H. Weed, Mrs. Dr. Hurlbutt, Mrs. H. M.
Humphrey, Mrs. J. B. Knapp, Mrs. William G. Betts, Miss Sarah Hall,
Miss Susan Daskam, Miss Mary Lockwood, Miss Imogene Macien and A. Crom.
Society sent supplies to David's
Island and others in hospital. Mrs. Truman Smith organized regular
visitations to the Island.
raises the National Flag made in Stamford on new flag-staff erected
in town center.
National Festival Committee includes:
Hon. M. F. Merritt, William P. Jones, G. K. Riker, J. A. Candee, James
H. Olmstead, Edwin Bishop, James W. Daskan, Andrew Perry and Samuel
Lockwood. Hon. Charles Hawley appointed President; Hon. William T.
Minor, Hon. Truman Smith Stephen B. Provost, Hon. James H. Hoyt, William
Skiddy, Robert Swartwout, J. W. Hubbard, Joseph B. Hoyt, William R.
Fosdick, J. W. Leeds, Charles Pitt and Theodore J. Daskam, Vice Presidents.
Addresses were made by Hon. Charles Hawley, Rev. William C. Hoyt, Hon.
Stewart L. Woodford, Rev. R. R. Booth and Rev. P. S. Evans.
A patriotic poem was read by Rev. Walter
Mitchell and the Star Spangled Banner sung by Theodore Lockwood, Sands
Seely and Isaac Wardwell.
company, less some recruits who had joined other regiments in the interim,
was mustered in as Company D, 6th Connecticut Volunteers.
from Stamford join Company G, 10th Connecticut Volunteers.
the Advocate of this date:
"Books for subscription to the National
Loan were opened Tuesday in this place by John W. Leeds, Esq., agent
for the government,
and in two days $34,000 were subscribed. This is in addition to subscription
heretofore made by the Stamford Bank $65,000 and the Savings Bank for
donate writing materials for soldiers in the field including 83 quires
of paper, 75 packages of envelopes, 200 lead pencils with erasers, postage
stamps tracts, and books.
Society had by this month donated 1288 different articles of clothing,
besides medicines and provisions. In the year 1862, 602 pairs of socks
alone were donated.
July '61 - February '62:
$6476.18 had been collected and dispersed, much spent on materials
calls for 300,000 more men.
held in Seely's Hall to devise ways and means for furnishing Stamford's
quota. Effort led and meeting organized by William T. Minor, J. B.
Ferris, A. N. Holly, James. H. Olmstead, James L. Lockwood, B. J. Daskam,
Perry, A. G. Clark, David H. Clark, Charles, Holly, William S. Campbell,
Chauncey Ayres, A. G. Brady, and Albert Seely. Oliver Hoyt presides
over meeting. Addresses made by Rev. H. K. Barlett of the Presbyterian
Church, Rev. Mr. Cox, a Methodist clergyman of St. Louis and Hon. Stewart
Meeting called for following Thursday,
Esq. presides; Vice Presidents: Charles Hawley, Truman Smith, A. N.
Holly, George A. Hoyt, Stephen B. Provost, William T. Minor, Oliver
Hoyt, William Sklddy, Welles R. Ritch, Isaac Quintard, Joseph B. Hoyt,
Theodore Davenport, John Ferguson, Smith Weed, Charles Williams, H.
K. Skelding, John B. Reed, Charles Pitt, J. B. Ferris, E. P. Whitney,
Thomas Crane, Charles Hendrie, William R. Fosdick, Charles H. Starr,
Morgan Morgans, James H. Hoyt, James B. Scofield, Oliver Scofield,
Thomas Gardner, Seymour Hoyt, N. E. Adams, J. H. Carrington, J. W.
Hubbard, J. D. Weeks, Alfred Hoyt, S. B. Thompson, T. S. Hall, J. B.
Knapp, G. F. Nesbitt, Lyman Lockwood, John Hecker, and Charles H.
Scofield. - Secretaries: D. H. Clark, F.R. Leeds, George E. Scofield,
and F. M. Hawley.
Addresses made by Hon. William T. Minor,
Rev. Walter Mitchell, Col. William H. Noble (of Bridgeport), Thomas
G. Ritch, Esq, and James H. Olmstead, Esq. A total of $2,500 pledged,
from $500 from Stamford Manufacturing Co. to $5. By the next
pledged amount rose to $3,000.
G. Brady, Esq. (Lt. Col. 3rd CT Vol.) and in business in Stamford,
to the Advocate of this date:
"I send herewith a list of the volunteer
company which will leave today for camp at Bridgeport. It is a list
of which we may well be proud. The first name was entered on the 18th
of last month, and the last on the 11th inst., making 109 names enrolled
in twenty four days."
Brady was aided in raising the company
by Lts. Charles A. Hobby and Marcus Waterbury.
At 1:00 PM a farewell ceremony was held
in front of Seely's Hall. Prayers were offered by Rev. Walter
||Francis R. Leeds,
recently cashier of the Stamford Bank, was authorized to recruit a company.
On this date a meeting was held with
addresses given by Hon. James C. Loomis of Bridgeport, Cyrus Northrop,
later Professor in Yale College,
and Mr. Leeds.
||Leeds had filled
his company, 110 men had enrolled.
to the appeals of Rev. P. S. Evan regarding the 17th CT need for a
Chaplain's tent, Stamford citizens subscribe one half the necessary
Stamford Soldiers' Aid Society
(already at work for a year providing clothing and other necessities
for soldiers) collects donations for the 1500 Union Soldiers recently
arrived to the hospital on David's Island, NY. Members go to
the facility to minister to the sick and wounded.
||1st Lt. Charles
H. Brown of Leeds's company is surprised at a meeting of his
friends, where he is presented with a sword by the Hon. M. F. Merritt
and James H. Olmstead.
2nd Lt. Philip Lever is presented with
a sword given by his friends and also by a seven shooter given by Mr.
Judd of the Phoenix Company.
Captain Leeds and his company. James Morsell, Esq. presents him with
||Cyrus D. Jones,
Esq., of High Ridge, is authorized by Governor to raise another company.
Special Town Meeting held, provided quota due from Stamford. Meeting
voted to borrow $10,000 and give $100 bounty to all who would join Jones' company.
held in Turn of River, High and Low Ridges, to fill quota.
Holly announces he is authorized to add $10 more per bounty of the
next 10 volunteers on behalf of an anonymous donor. Oliver Hoyt adds
five dollars to the $10 announced by Holly and five more for each additional
man who should enlist and the same for those who had already sworn
PM: George Elder and Oliver Hoyt pledge
to give $25 additional bounty to every man in the company.
is full. Farewell ceremony held at Seely's Hall. No more companies
are formally raised in Stamford after this one.
||Service at the
Methodist Church. Captain C.D. Jones presented with a sword by the Sunday
School of the Church. Presentation made by Oliver Hoyt, Esq.
service. Sunday School of the church presents a sword to Lt. John Simms,
one of the school teachers. Rev. P. S. Evans gives the address.
Leeds' companies become both part of 28th Connecticut Volunteers.
Stamford contributes colors to the companies and regiment. James H. Olmstead
Oliver Hoyt secured the funds.
and Hoyt present flag in the name of Stamford's citizens to the 28th
Col. Ferris, of Stamford, accepts the flag on behalf of the 28th.
continue to be made by U.S. Christian Commission for Army and Navy.
Seely's Hall raises
at public expense, that the draft which had been ordered need not bear
unjustly on those Stamford townsmen, who were unable to meet the expense
||A vote provided
a bounty of $300 to every drafted man accepted by the Government.
$1500. By war's end some $5,000 raised for Christian Commission.
total appropriation made for war purposes between
April 1861 and October 11 1865 was $75,627.85.