Recently, I had the priviledge of visiting Mrs. Tobin's third and fourth graders at to talk about writing and Branford history. They've been studying the town's history for their "B Is for Branford" project, and they knew a lot of things I've just recently been discovering while doing research for this column. They also asked a number of good questions, which I'll be exploring now and again in this column.
Their first and most intriguing question: who was Aaron S. Lanfare? They knew that he'd received the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. It was awarded on May 3, 1865; he was a First Lieutenant in Company B, 1st Connecticut Cavalry. But more details of his life were hard for them to track down.
Before I spill what details I've learned–have you heard of Branford's Medal of Honor recipient? What do you know about the Lanfare family?