Making History

The Mexican War 1846 – 1848

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.


Civil War Veterans











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.

Holiday on the Hill

Saturday, December 1 the Warren Historical Society will be in the Community Room of the Warren Public Library.
On display will be holiday items from the Historical Society’s and private collections including antique toys and Christmas stories from long ago.
While younger Warrenites are creating their letters to Santa, have a sip of Smoking Bishop or dip into our Wassail bowl. Add to our collaborative sculpture or play Blockhead, a game created by master woodworker Larry Hendricks. Don’t let the kids have all the fun!

Warren’s Veterans

In 1898 when the Spanish American War was declared the population of Warren was 432. Three men from Warren served in that conflict. Among them was
John Andregg who had immigrated from Switzerland in 1867 when he was just 15. He farmed on Sackett Hill Rd. with his wife Anna. They had 3 children and after his death in 1918 his farm was sold to John Adlerhurst.