South Windsor Historical Society


The Historcal Society is in search of a Program Chair. Louise Evans and Maureen Bourn are available to advise. Please call Brian Rivard for more information (860-644-8378) or email at

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Upcoming events:

September 17, 2015

“Civil War food Preparation

Bill Mellow, an honors graduate of the Connecticut Culinary Institute, will be the guest speaker at Unity Church, 919 Ellington Rd., starting at 7 p.m. He will discuss the food that soldiers had in the field, mainly salt pork, hard tack, coffee beans, brown sugar and rice. "When soldiers moved on in the campaign, they had one to three days of rations," he explains.

Mellow is a member of the Company F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry re-enactment group and uses authentic ingredients and methods for the group. During the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, William B. Hincks, a sergeant major in the 14th regiment, was ordered to capture the Confederate flag. He jumped over a stone fence into the face of the enemy, grabbed the Confederate flag and jumped back over the wall. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery, the nation’s highest military decoration.

After the battle, some men in the 14th regiment honored Hincks by using his name when they gathered for meals, or mess. Soldiers often prepared their own meals, and often a few would take turns doing the cooking for a company. At some locations, volunteers from the U. S. Sanitary Commission would distribute or prepare food to the troops.

Mellow, who  retired as a senior systems analyst,  honors Hincks by using his name as a re-enactor. His Power-Point presentation gives a brief history of the 14th Regiment, Hincks’ exploits, and a discussion of specific menu items.  A half-dozen South Windsor men served in the 14th Regiment, most of them in Company D. The regiment suffered heavy losses while fighting in most of the major battles of the Civil War.

The program will be held at Unity Church, 919 Ellington rd., at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 ($3 for Historical Society members).  Refreshments will be served.   



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CANCELLATIONS.  Generally if schools and town government are closed due to inclement weather, the programs will be canceled and rescheduled when possible.  Information on programs and cancellations at Unity Church can be obtained by calling 860-289-8963


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