Image Connecticut: The little drummer boy

BRIDGEPORT/VERNON, CT – We’re sticking with the Civil War theme for another week in the Picture Connecticut series because it really captures the imagination.

This week’s photo was taken on Memorial Day during a tour of several new features at the New England Civil War Museum and Research Center.


The exhibition serves as a lesson on what prisoners of war faced and tells the moving story of Lucien Hubbard.

Hubbard left his hometown of Bridgeport and enlisted as a drummer in the 14th Connecticut Regiment at the age of 14. On October 14, 1863, he was captured by the Confederate Cavalry during the Battle of Bristoe Station in Virginia and sent to Belle Isle prison camp. on the James River in Richmond.

He wrote to his mother, Calista, that he was doing well.

Six months later, things weren’t so good. After spending a cold and wet winter in the open-air camp, Hubbard died of an illness on April 16, 1864.

The Prisoner of War Exhibition at the New England Civil War Museum and Research Center. (Chris Dehnel/Patch)

The New England Civil War Museum and Research Center is located on the second floor of Vernon City Hall in a fully preserved Grand Army of the Republic Hall, where veterans met after the war. View more about various new displays here.


Picture Connecticut is a weekly series featuring images of the state, past and present.Here are images from the past:2024

  • The Cirque, Hartford

  • The Amerbelle Spillway, Rockville

  • The ECSU Gallery, Willimantic

  • Great Captain Island, Greenwich

  • Bobblehead madness, Storrs

  • Bobby Sands/Hunger Strike Memorial, Hartford

  • Mr. Jonathan goes to Hartford, Hartford

  • The newest discount airline, New Haven

  • State Groundhog is arrested, Manchester

  • Historical War Bonds, Willington

  • Big Business Week in CT, Statewide

  • The marketplace at Guilford Food Center Guilford

  • Main Street at night, Middletown

  • The hide-and-seek bear, Tolland

  • The MLK mural, Manchester

  • The Mount Southington summit, Southington


  • All faiths gather in the city park, Vernon

  • Igloos by the river, Milford

  • The TPC Pro Shop, Cromwell

  • The Santa House, North Pole, er, Northern Connecticut

  • Mile 4 Funnel, Manchester Road Race, Manchester

  • UConn Lacrosse Gives Back, Connecticut River Valley

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 3, Hartford

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 2, Hartford

  • The Capitol Grounds Tour, Part 1, Hartford

  • The Doughboy, East Hartford

  • The Walt Whitman Stone, West Hartford

  • The Indoor Bush Plane, Hartford County

  • The big pink chair, Ellington

  • The notch, Granby

  • The CT 9/11 Memorial, Westport

  • Vintage gas pump, Somers

  • Tobacco Harvest, East Windsor

  • Late afternoon, Lakeside, Coventry

  • Fogarea, New Haven County

  • Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, Washington Depot

  • Connecticut River Police Boat, Rocky Hill

  • The first dentist, Windsor

  • The Frog Bridge, Willimantic

  • The World War II Rapids Bridge, Putnam

  • The Peeking Cow, Tolland County

  • The Ivy Lacrosse Tournament, New Canaan

  • The runway of Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks

  • The Underground Railroad, Unionville

  • The Cow Carousel, Ellington

  • Charles Island, Milford

  • State Veterans Cemetery, Middletown

  • Glastonbury-Rocky Hill Ferry, Glastonbury/Rocky Hill

  • The old county jailhouse, Tolland

  • Andover
  • The Sunken Garden, Farmington

  • Lafayette Tour Monument, Vernon

  • The Pinchot Sycamore, Simsbury

  • Bob’s Discount Furniture Studios, Manchester