PLAQUE HON­OR­ING NOR­WICH’S CIVIL WAR REG­I­MENT TO BE PUB­LICLY DIS­PLAYED AT THREE RIVERS

The Day - - REGION - — Ju­lia Bergman

Nor­wich — A plaque, dis­cov­ered in a vault in Nor­wich City Hall, which hon­ors a Civil War reg­i­ment that was based in Nor­wich, will be ded­i­cated at 3 p.m. to­day dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony at Three Rivers Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

The plaque hon­ors the 18th Con­necti­cut Vol­un­teer In­fantry, which was made up of men from New Lon­don, Wind­ham and Tol­land coun­ties. The reg­i­ment, es­tab­lished in Au­gust 1862, par­tic­i­pated in the Bat­tles of Winch­ester, New Mar­ket, and Pied­mont, as well as 19 other en­gage­ments be­fore be­ing dis­banded in June 1865. It served pri­mar­ily in the Shenan­doah Val­ley of Vir­ginia.

The city's Fi­nance Depart­ment found the plaque while clean­ing the vault about two years ago, around the same time the Sons of Union Vet­er­ans were work­ing to re­vive their Nor­wich chap­ter, Sedg­wick Camp #4. The group was the spon­sor of the plaque in 1938 and re­quested it be re­turned to them so that they could put it on pub­lic dis­play.

The plaque was orig­i­nally in­tended to be on dis­play at the for­mer New Lon­don County Fair­grounds, where the reg­i­ment camped be­fore leav­ing for war, but the 1938 hur­ri­cane and sub­se­quent hous­ing de­vel­op­ment pre­vented that, ac­cord­ing to City His­to­rian Dale Plum­mer.

It will now be placed in a prom­i­nent spot at Three Rivers, which is across from the old fair­grounds.

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