A longtime journalist and Civil War blogger, John Banks has worked for the past nine years as an editor at ESPN. Previously, he worked for the Dallas Morning News, Baltimore News-American and Martinsburg (WV) Evening Journal. His first Civil War book, Connecticut Yankees at Antietam (The History Press), was published in 2013. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters. Contact him at jbankstx@comcast.net.

Over fifty thousand Connecticut soldiers served in the Union army during the Civil War, yet their stories are nearly forgotten today. Among the regiments that served, at least forty sets of brothers perished from battlefield wounds or disease. Little known is the 16th Connecticut chaplain who, as prisoner of war, boldly disregarded a Rebel commander’s order forbidding him to pray aloud for President Lincoln. Then there is the story of the 7th Connecticut private who murdered a fellow soldier in the heat of battle and believed the man’s ghost returned to torment him. Seven soldiers from Connecticut tragically drowned two weeks after the war officially ended when their ship collided with another vessel on the Potomac. Join author John Banks as he shines a light on many of these forgotten Connecticut Yankees.

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