John Banks Discussing Connecticut’s Role in the Battles of Antietam and Gettysburg

03/13/2015 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by program & refreshments.

John Banks
John Banks

Author John Banks traces his intense interest in the Battle of Antietam to 1982, when he found a minié ball (legally) on the D.R. Miller farm on the battlefield. His interest in the Battle of Gettysburg dates to his preteen days, when his parents took him and his brother and sister to the battlefield. His dad bought the kids a sleeve a real Civil War bullets, sparking his interest in the history of that momentous time.

A longtime journalist and Civil War blogger (, Banks has worked for the Martinsburg (WV) Evening Journal, Baltimore News American, and The Dallas Morning News. He currently is NFL editor for He lives in Avon, Connecticut with his wife and two children.

His book, Connecticut Yankees at Antietam (History Press), is available from and elsewhere.

Antietam field

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