Re-enactor Richard Silocka celebrated the Civil War’s 150th anniversary in top hat, pocket watch and carpet-bag. Household items uncovered by recent renovations were on display by Program Chairman Tim Chauser.
In March, Robert O’Brien’s Civil War stories of men enlisting several times to collect the signup bounty kept the audience entertained.
O’Brien told stories of George Warner who lost both arms due to friendly fire at Gettysburg. After the war, he lived a full life to age 92. He adjusted to his situation to get around New Haven by having the trolley driver take the money out of his pocket.
Warner’s name is inscribed on the East Rock soldier's monument which he helped reveal at its dedication by pulling a cord in his teeth.