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Connecticut Fights, The Story of the 102nd Regiment

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

Our friends at the Connecticut State Library have released the limited first edition republished “Connecticut Fights: The Story of the 102nd Regiment” by Capt. Daniel Strickland. This book is a remarkable account of the World War I experiences of this legendary infantry regiment. Christine Pittsley, Project Director for the Connecticut State Library's "Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memories" shared the announcement with us.

Connecticut Fights, The Story of the 102nd Regiment Limited Edition Now Available

Story by Christine Pittsley, Connecticut State Library

The Connecticut State Library, in collaboration with the Connecticut Heritage Foundation, is pleased to announce a limited edition republishing of Captain Daniel W. Strickland's Connecticut Fights: The Story of the 102nd Regiment, which was privately published in 1930 by Captain Strickland.

Book CoversConnecticut Fights, as originally published in 1930 (left) and in the new limited edition volume republished by the Connecticut State Library to support the State Library's Remembering World War One Project.In 1937, the State Library purchased from Captain Strickland the unsold bound and unbound copies of the book. The unbound copies remained in the State Library until this year, when the decision was made to bind them and issue them as a limited edition commemorative volume to mark the centennial of World War I.

State Historian Walter Woodward has written a new foreword and Major General Francis Evon, Adjutant General, Connecticut National Guard, has written a new afterword which brings the story of the 102d up to the present. The limited edition of 275 copies is being offered on a first come, first served basis.

Price: $150 (includes shipping and handling within the United States) $175 for volumes shipped Internationally. For ordering information go to: All proceeds to support the State Library's Remembering World War One Project.

About the Connecticut State Library: The Connecticut State Library is an Executive Branch agency of the State of Connecticut. The State Library provides a variety of library information, archival, public records, museum, and administrative services to citizens of Connecticut, as well as the employees and officials of all three branches of State government. The Connecticut State Archives and the Museum of Connecticut History are components of the State Library. Visit the State Library at

About the Connecticut Heritage Foundation: The Connecticut Heritage Foundation was established to support the programs and purposes of the Connecticut State Library and Museum of Connecticut History.

Screen Shot 2017 08 04 at 11.27.42 AMMembers of the 102nd Regiment relax while cleaning their pistols, Camp Yale, summer 1917. State Archives, Connecticut State Library

7John Dillon (far left) and Fred Confrancesco (to his right), both of New Haven. Dillon was a member of Company C, 102nd Regiment, and survived the battle of Seicheprey. Courtesy of John T. Dillon, Esq.