THE CIVIL WAR – 29TH COLORED REGIMENT MEMORIAL
Criscuolo Park, 290 Chapel Street, New Haven
As luck would have it, I got turned around while driving through New Haven and found a park with a monument to the 29th Colored Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, a part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail. The monument lists all of the Connecticut residents who were in the unit to include 29 Norwalk residents. This web site is incomplete without sharing this piece of American and Norwalk history.
From connecticuthistory.org: Midway through the Civil War, Connecticut created the state’s first African American regiment, the 29th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers. Fighting bravely for the final year of the war, the regiment won many important battles and became one of the first Union regiments to march through the Confederate capital of Richmond. With its respectable service, the 29th Connecticut demonstrated the merits and justification for racial equality and freedom in Connecticut. The regiment, established late in 1863, was honorably disbanded in November 1865.