1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery
at Fort Richardson
Arlington, Virginia, 1863
The New England Civil War Museum & Research Center, is a subsidiary of Alden Skinner Camp #45, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is an all volunteer organization led by an executive director and staffed by museum docents. Museum direction, development and strategy are overseen by a board of directiors, which consists of the officers of Alden Skinner Camp.
The museum and research center reside on the second floor of the historic Memorial Hall and holds many artifacts related to the Civil War period with an emphasis on those who served from the state of Connecticut. It was originally initiated by the Civil War veterans in Burpee Post #71 as early as 1896. They used the rooms as a meeting and social place between 1890-1934. The veterans sought "to perpetuate the memory of its dead for all time" and encouraged members of the post to donate their personal wartime relics to the building up of a museum.
The museum, though small in size, has the honor and distinction of being the only surviving GAR Hall in Connecticut and one of the longest continuously used GAR Halls in the entire country.
The New England Civil War Museum and its library, works to convey the lessons of the American Civil War. We exist to perpetuate the memory of the Civil War and of those who helped to save the Union, through the preservation and display of relics of that war. The museum also has an educational outreach program focusing on historical education of youth and promoting lifelong learning among adults. We will further educate the public as to the Civil War history of our country, our state, and our local towns. We will also collect, preserve, and make available for research: documents and materials pertaining to the history of the American Civil War. We will also conduct any other legal activities appropriate to our goals.
Matthew Reardon, Executive Director
Reardon earned his BA in history and an MA in education from Sacred Heart University. He has served as executive director for over ten years. His research interests mainly focus on Connecticut during the American Revolution and the Civil War. His work has been featured in two books, the Journal of the American Revolution and the television show, "Who Do You Think You Are?" Reardon also currently serves as a middle school teacher in Vernon, Connecticut.
Wayne Buckmir, Archivist
Eric Mooney, Archivist
Daniel Hayden Jr.