John Banks, author of "Connecticut Yankees at Antietam", will present an illustrated talk about the battle and the men from the Nutmeg State who fought there on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter's Church Hall. St. Peter's Episcopal Church is located at the intersection of Dutton Road and Route 67 in the center of Oxford.
The lecture is sponsored by the Oxford Historical Society. Admission is $5 for non-members and $3 for those belonging to the Society. Refreshments will be served.
Known as "the bloodiest day in American history", the Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862. Men and boys from Hartford, Farmington, Bristol, Brooklyn, East Windsor and other local towns took part, as well as a nurse from Unionville. Many are profiled in Banks' book, which will be on sale at the event.
Banks' intense interest in the Battle of Antietam dates to 1982 when he legally found a Mine' ball on the D. R. Miller farm on the battlefield. A longtime journalist and Civil War blogger, Banks has worked for the Martinsburg, West Virginia, Evening Journal, The Baltimore News American and The Dallas Morning News. He currently is the NFL editor for ESPN.com and lives in Avon.