The Life and Times of William Webb:

An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut

February 23, 2013       2 PM

 

As part of its Black History Month programming, Windsor Historical Society will present Kevin Johnson as William Webb, an African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut at 96 Palisado Avenue on Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. Private Webb was an actual soldier, a native of Hartford. He was recruited in 1863 and served in the Twenty-Ninth (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in several battles in Virginia. Johnsonís presentation of Webb is told from an emotional and exciting first-person perspective that vividly illustrates the struggle of the African-Americans in the Colored Infantry during the Civil War. He tells of his early life in Hartford, his recruitment and training, and the traumatic final battles of the Civil War. The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History at 231 Capitol Ave, opposite the State Capitol in Hartford.
 
Kevin Johnson is an employee of the State Libraryís History and Genealogy Unit. He has been presenting William Webb for more than twelve years and has given more than 400 presentations. For more information, please contact Kevin Johnson, (860) 757-6589 or Carolyn Picciano, (860) 757-6580.  Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and $4 for WHS members.  This program is made possible by a grant for Civil War programming from Connecticut Humanities. For more information, contact the Society at 860/688-3813.  The Society is located at 96 Palisado Avenue (Route 159) in Windsor.  Parking is available in the Windsor Discovery Center and First Church parking lots and around Palisado Green.

 

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