The Warren Historical Society office will be closed on Monday, December 24th, Christmas Eve, but will re-open Monday, December 31st from 9 until noon.
With the Revolutionary War barely 31 years in the past, the young United States became ensnared in the War of 1812 because of her alliance with France and Great Britain’s embargo of trade ships leaving U.S. ports and the impressment of U.S. sailors into the British Navy.
William Kidney, just 18 yrs. old, probably the son of Peter & Polly Kidney, enlisted in the infantry on February 24, 1813. He served as a private and served in the northern theater. His service was short. On December 31 of the same year he died of dysentery at French Mills, NY.
A border skirmish on the Rio Grande sparked the beginning of the Mexican War. It was the first armed conflict that the United States fought on foreign soil. It was the intention of President James Polk to extend the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean and at the conclusion of the war, the new territories of the United States included nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
A career soldier, Hamilton Hopkins, re-enlisted in October 1843 in Company E 3rd Artillery. We know he was 27 years old at the time of his re-enlistment, that he had blue eyes and brown hair and that he was an artificer or skilled mechanic. Although he was born in Warren, there is no record of his birth or his parents’ names.
Most of Warren’s Civil War veterans served in the Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery. Known as the Litchfield Regiment it assembled in September 1862 and trained at Camp Dutton in Litchfield. Minor Strong enlisted in August of that year with his cousin, Homer Curtiss . He eventually achieved the rank of sergeant.
After his military service he ran the clover mill in the Lake District and raised a family with his wife, Lucy Curtiss.
He died in February of 1922 and his buried in New Warren Cemetery.