To mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s end, the Knights of Columbus Museum presents Answering the Call, an exhibition profiling various military and civilian support figures during the four-year conflict (1861-1865).
Answering the Call focuses on religious ministry and medical care provided to Civil War soldiers. It also includes a history of the 9th Connecticut, a volunteer infantry regiment whose members were predominantly of Irish ancestry, many of whom were from New Haven. The first supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, James T. Mullen, was a sergeant in the 9th Connecticut.
The show centers on wartime struggles and hardships as well as acts of bravery, charity and compassion in the midst of battle. Catholic soldiers and officers — Confederate and Union — are profiled, together with battlefield chaplains and religious sisters who nursed the wounded in hospitals and prisons.
Answering the Call also includes references to battles and military campaigns, with emphasis on conditions in military encampments and the aftermath of combat, such as medical care and the spiritual needs of the wounded and dying.The exhibition includes:
A series of complementary Civil War presentations will be scheduled throughout the duration of the exhibition.