Author: Matthew Reardon

Matthew Reardon is a native of northeastern Connecticut. He earned his BA in history and an MA in education from Sacred Heart University. His research interests mainly focus on Connecticut during the American Revolution and the Civil War. He served as executive director of the New England Civil War Museum & Research Center for over fifteen years. His first book The Traitor’s Homecoming: Benedict Arnold’s Raid on New London, Connecticut, September 4-13, 1781 will be released in May 2024. He currently works as a middle school teacher in Vernon, Connecticut. Matthew and his wife Melisa live in Enfield, Connecticut.

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Showdown Over a Schooner: The Battle of East Guilford, the Final Engagement in Connecticut

At dawn, on Sunday, May 19, 1782, “a large new schooner” moved steadily eastward across Long Island Sound. At the helm was Capt. James Hovey. Born about 1743, Hovey was a native of Stratford, Connecticut, and mercantile captain by trade.[1] He remained in the trade throughout most of the war, frequently running merchant vessels, except […]

by Matthew Reardon
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Anything But Monotonous: Nine Months of Garrison Duty at Fort Griswold

New London’s harbor was the center of Connecticut’s wartime naval activity for the duration of the eight-year American Revolution.  Because of its recognized importance, its provincial government, as early as 1775, sought ways to protect it.   Sending a military commission to the harbor area, they would eventually order the construction of three earthen fortifications on […]

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Forgotten Volunteers:  The 1st Company, Governors Foot Guard During the Saratoga Campaign

It is considered the oldest, continuously serving military unit in the United States.  The 1st Company, Governors Foot Guard has as much a storied history as the state that it serves.  It came into existence in 1771, when the Connecticut General Assembly approved a petition that had been submitted by a group of prominent Hartford […]

by Matthew Reardon