Hello and welcome to the Fall 2022 issue! I hope you are reading this while enjoying good health for you and your loved ones. Our health, along with the cost of living, has been foremost on many people's minds this season. There's a small amount of comfort in knowing that people of the past had similar concerns. As you'll read about in our three articles this issue, they also lived in interesting times. This is exemplified in the lives of three men: Dr. Josiah Beckwith, a Litchfield doctor in the Civil War; Jared Ingersoll, a tax collector in pre-Revolutionary New Haven; and Thomas Thornton, a Puritan during the witch-crazes of seventeenth-century Connecticut.

The first article, Peter C. Vermilyea's “The Army of Exempts,” is also the inspiration for the cover art. Both illustrate the treatment of Civil War medical exemptions in Connecticut. How did the past treat people with medical conditions...

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