Bridgeport in the Civil War Bridgeport in the Civil War Bird's Eye View of Bridgeport The use of the hot air balloon for reconnaissance during the Civil War enabled cartographers to draw "bird's eye views" of cities and towns. Examined carefully, this map shows the major industrial complexes within Bridgeport. (number unknown) 122026775 Detail of Bird's Eye View of Bridgeport Created after the war in 1875, this map lists the major industries of Bridgeport that are illustrated on the map. (number unknown) 122026778 Musket Ball General Noble led the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War. Responding to Lincoln's call to arms resulted in Gen. Noble's injury by musket fire at the Battle of Chancellorsville. (1936 Inventory #219) 121583369 The Old Flag A handwritten newspaper from the Confederate prison camp, Camp Ford, was laboriously written by Captain William May of the 23rd Connecticut. Three issues of the paper were made and passed through the camp. (number unknown) 122026041 Detail of The Old Flag Having previously worked as a newspaper publisher in Bridgeport, Captain May took great care to try and replicate the popular type settings. The paper itself contained stories - both true and entertaining - along with a list of the soldiers in Camp Ford. (number unknown) 122026037 Daguerrotype of a Soldier Bridgeport men made up large portions of the 14th, 17th, 23rd, and 24th Connecticut regiments and participated in battery and artillery regiments as well. Small framed images such as this record the faces that went to war. (number unknown) 122026042 Wilson and Wheeler Lithograph As a center of the textile industry, Bridgeport supplied the Union Army with sewing machines as well as fabrics. These factories produced large numbers of machines to fill government contracts. (number unknown) 122026776 Detail of Howe Sewing Machine Elias Howe Jr., a captain of Bridgeport's sewing machine industry, set aside his place of prestige and served as a private in the army from 1862 to 1865. The Civil War G.A.R. post in Bridgeport was named after Howe in the years following the war. (1987.2.1) 122026676 Stereocard of Sewing Machine Wheels Stacks of wheels for treadle sewing machines portray the massive industrial power of Bridgeport's sewing machine factories. Women filled many governmental roles using these machines to sew medical supplies such as bed linens and hospital clothing. (number unknown) 122376426 Inside the Wheeler and Wilson Factory The Wheeler and Wilson factory was toured in 1873 and a report titled "Sewing Machines and How they are Made" was published in 'The Christian Weekly'. The reporter describes the factory's rooms; providing a glimpse into life and work in Bridgeport. (number unknown) 122376425 Lithograph of Lincoln In June of 1848 then Senator Lincoln said before the House of Representatives, "Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way." Determining what American industry needed and accomplishing the industrialization of Bridgeport, the leaders of factories and families supported the war efforts under President Lincoln less than twenty years later. (Lithograph courtesy of the Library of Congress) 122377170 Funeral Obsequies of Abraham Lincoln The captains of industry and leaders of the community, including Nathaniel Wheeler, Elias Howe Jr., and P.T. Barnum, joined together as a committee to memorialize President Lincoln on April 19, 1865. Bridgeport joined the nation in supporting the war, and they joined the nation in morning their wartime President and leader. (number unknown) 122026038