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The outbreak of the Civil War and the President's call for volunteers in the spring of 1861 met with prompt response from the Second Company. Governor Buckingham was urged to put it in a position to serve outside the state , but its charter restrictions made it impossible for him to grant the request. Thus a "WAR COMPANY" was formed on August 29 ,1861, of which 20 of the Guard formed the nucleus. Others joined Later and the Company was brought up to its required strength. On September 9th Major Russell W. Norton swore in 52 volunteers and the next day Henry G. Gerrish ( in center of picture at left ) was elected Captain. Permission for the War Company to bear the name of the parent organization was refused and it went out as Company K , Sixth Connecticut Volunteers. Numbering 88 officers and enlisted men it left for the front on October 22 , 1861 and from that time until it was mustered out on August 22 , 1865 it took part in 26 battles and skirmishes and sustained a loss of 13 dead and 11 wounded.

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