Turnout was strong for veteran of the month service
An honors squad of Civil War reenactors fires a musket salute during American Legion Post 44 of Bantam's veteran of the month service on Saturday. BZ photos
A Civil War officer who lived in Cornwall Hollow was honored as veteran of the month by American Legion Post 44 on Saturday.
A well-attended service at the Bantam Borough Hall paid tribute to Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, who was killed in battle while leading Union Army troops on May 9, 1864.
Allyn Sedgwick of Torrington, his brother, Thomas Sedgwick of New Hartford, and their nephew, William Sedgwick of Harwinton, were on hand to recognize the highest-ranking Union Army officer to have been killed in battle.
The service drew several Civil War reenactors, including members of the 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery Civil War reenactment group.
Sedgwick was wounded three times at the Battle of Antietam yet kept fighting and only left the battlefield after passing out from a loss of blood. He recovered from his wounds and returned to the battlefield, only to lose his life to a sniper's bullet. Sedgwick was buried in Cornwall Hollow, where a monument honoring his service stands.
Saturday's service drew American Legion National Executive Committee members Joe Jackson of New Hartford and Robert Murray of Milford. Both have attended veteran of the month services in the past.
American Legion Post 27 of Litchfield was represented by Barbara Spring and Donna Dougal. Spring's son, Bill Spring of Oakville, and his children, Ryan and Michaela, were among the Civil War reenactors.
Post 44 Commander John Lilley addresses the gathering.
Post 44 Commander John Lilley, right, with descendants of Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick.
American Legion Post 27 representative Barbara Spring with her son, Bill Spring of Oakville, and grandchildren, Ryan Spring, 13, and Michaela Spring, 11, both of Oakville.
Barbara Spring and Donna Dougal, representing Post 27, with participants in the service.
Post 44 Commander John Lilley, center, with American Legion National Executive Committee members Joe Jackson, left, and Robert Murray.