The Rockets Red Glare: Connecticut and the War of 1812


8.5×11 inch paperback published by the New London County Historical Society

Though largely overlooked in the American narrative, the War of 1812 was a turning point for the nation, and for the state of Connecticut. The Rockets’ Red Glare: The Ware of 1812 and Connecticut examines the many facets of America’s second major war, and its impact on destiny.

The war was not a distant event for the residents of Connecticut, especially those who lived along the coast. Enemy warships attacked shipping and communities up and down Long Island Sound, and the state’s military and civilians responded. The region saw aerial bombardment, kidnapping, torpedo warfare, espionage, and improvised explosive devices.

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