Driving through Hartford's Barry Square last week, I saw again the statue of Civil War
General Griffin Stedman. He stands out better with the background trees bare of leaves.
Stedman was born in Hartford. After graduating from Trinity, he became a lawyer, but enlisted when the Civil War got underway in 1861. Stedman had an illustrious military career, leading troops from the 5th and 11th Connecticut Regiments, which saw action in many of the key battles of the war.
Stedman died at Petersburg in 1864 and was given a field promotion to General.