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Bringing The Civil War Home To Connecticut

Retired New Haven attorney offers tours of monuments, gravesites

When attorneys reach retirement, many of them escape to the beach, head to the golf course or settle into a lounge chair. Robert J. O'Brien dives into Civil War history and specifically, New Haven's role in the war. After retiring last May, the former supervisory assistant state's attorney in the New Haven Career Criminal Unit now has plenty of time to devote to his passion for the war, which has garnered new attention as the nation marks the 150th anniversary. "I think this is really fascinating and I want to get other people interested in the history," said O'Brien, a self-proclaimed history buff.

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