At the beginning of the 19th century Trumbull’s population was 1, 291. Trumbull, like the United States of America, was newly independent. Once part of North Stratford, Trumbull was granted permission to become its own town in 1797. The town was mostly made up of farmers already turning to wooded areas of Long Hill, Unity, Tashua and Nichols into settled areas. They were building their own churches and civic centers, and enjoying their new found freedom as an independent town and country.
But America's struggle for independence was not entirely over. Being a coastal state with an active role in the West Indies trade, Connecticut’s seaside towns and maritime industries would play a crucial role in the naval struggle later known as the War of 1812.
Connecticut historian Richard Radune will give a presentation on his most recent work, Sound Rising: Long Island Sound at the Forefront of America’s Struggle for Independence, which tells the story of the crucial role the Sound played in both the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Long Island Sound was home to numerous small trading ports and whaling vessels, placing it at the heart of the naval conflict between Americans and the British Empire. Radune writes, “The Sound played a crucial role in America’s Revolutionary War victory when its naval vessels, privateers and whaleboat raiders swarmed out of these same ports to interdict British supplies and force major changes in the enemy’s strategic war plans.”
Richard Radune has served as an Air Force Captain in North Dakota and Alaska. He also wrote Pequot Plantation: The Story of an Early Colonial Settlement. Radune felt it was time to focus on the maritime history of the Long Island Sound in light of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a military conflict between the United States and Great Britain which lasted until 1815. This program will take place on February 3rd, at 2:00pm at the Historical Society, 1856 Huntington Turnpike. There is a suggested donation of $5.