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Local author and Housatonic Valley Regional High School history teacher Peter Vermilyea will discuss his new book “Litchfield County and the Civil War” at the David M. Hunt Library in Falls Village on Saturday, March 2nd at 2 pm.

Told with first-hand accounts, the book relates the impact of President Abraham Lincoln’s request for 600,000 troops in the summer of 1862 and shows how the process of preparing for war created a lasting bond between the community and its soldiers.

Vermilyea said, “This staggering number prompted a near crisis in the home as state and local governments struggled to meet quotas before a draft was necessitated. One aspect of this crisis played out in Litchfield, where Dr. Josiah Beckwith, long a prominent citizen, found himself at the center of charges of corruption and disloyalty. By examining this unusual case, we can gain a better understanding of the way war changed life on the Northern home front.”

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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