In the west wing of the Capitol's first floor, battle flags of Connecticut regiments from the Civil War through modern day hang in the oak cases built specifically for the building in 1878.

In the center of the hall is a statue of Civil War Governor, William A. Buckingham (1804-1875).

Connecticut native, Olin Warner, designed the bronze figure.

During the Civil War, Buckingham donated funds to Connecticut troops to aid them in purchasing their uniforms and supplies. As a result of the donations, Connecticut's men were among the first fully prepared for the war.

Buckingham later represented Connecticut in the United States Senate (1869-1875).

Photo of Hall of Flags

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Courtesy of the League of Women Voters of Connecticut, Inc.

Also on display in the Hall are artifacts from two heroes of the American Revolution: the Marquis De Lafayette's camp bed and Israel Punam's tombstone.

It is believed that the saying "sleep tight" originated from having to tighten strings and ropes on early beds such as Lafayette's.

Israel Putnam led Connecticut troops at the Battle of Bunker Hill and it is believed that he said "Don't' fire 'til you see the whites of their eyes."