Portraying Private William Webb

Windsor - posted Jan, 07 2014

WINDSOR - Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library will portray Private William Webb in a program at the Windsor Public Library on Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History. Private William Riley Webb was born about 1834 in Hartford, to Eloise Johnson. He served in 29th Connecticut Volunteers during the American Civil War. Private Webb was an actual soldier, a native of Hartford. He was recruited in 1863 and served in the Twenty-Ninth (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in several battles in Virginia. Johnson's presentation of Webb is told from an emotional and exciting first-person perspective that vividly illustrates the struggle of the African-Americans in the Colored Infantry during the Civil War. He tells of his early life in Hartford, his recruitment and training, and the traumatic final battles of the Civil War. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.; the program runs from 1 to 2 p.m., and is free of charge. Call 860-285-1918 if you have any questions.

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