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Posted By: June H

Published 02/28/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 02/28/2013 12:56 PM

In September of 1781, the British stormed Fort Trumbull. On April 6, 2013, a very different wave of people will descend on the Fort. History buffs, preservationists, community volunteers, members of the Civil War Trust, Coast Guard Cadets, and Seamen from the New London Sub Base will join together to help clean and restore one of Connecticut’s important historical sites. This will be inter-service and inter-community co-operation at its best.

Fort Trumbull in New London has been chosen by the CWT as one of only two Park Day sites in New England. The Civil War Trust, Company F, 14th CVI is coordinating this event under Irving Moy. www.cof14thcvi.com (This site- under Photos of CWT Park Day- has some wonderful shots of last year’s event at the Fort. )The CWT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold were the sites of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Connecticut. In addition, during the Civil War, Fort Trumbull served as a Union center primarily for inducting and training recruits. Learn more at www.civilwar.org.

Volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash removal, painting, caulking, raking, dusting and cleaning in the buildings, and other maintenance projects large and small.

This year’s Civil War Park Day will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Trumbull, 90 Walbach Street, New London. Phone: 860-444-7591. This event is open to the public. All volunteers will meet at the visitor’s center lobby at 8:30 a.m. to register and to be assigned to a project by park staff.

Last year’s first time event at Fort Trumbull drew over 40 volunteers. Bring work gloves; supplies will be provided by the Friends of Fort Trumbull. A Civil War Trust t-shirt and patch will be given to each participant. Come to make a difference and show your concern. This event will take place rain or shine. To learn more about the Friends of Fort Trumbull go to www.fortfriends.org

For further information on Park Day contact irvingmoy@yahoo.com

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