The Constitution was a weekly newspaper in Middletown, Connecticut, published by Abner Newton.  The paper was solidly Republican, although the city was largely Democratic.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, we have created this blog with excerpts fromThe Constitution to give a taste of the concerns and preoccupations of Middletown residents during this critical period in history.  Square brackets indicate additions that we have made.  ‘This city’ refers to Middletown.