Archive for June, 2008

1918: Joseph Zesut’s Honorable Discharge From The CT Home Guard

June 1, 2008

Several months ago I was doing some Zesut research in the Genealogy section of the CT State Library up in Hartford. When I mentioned to the librarian I was researching ancestors from Glastonbury a woman nearby told me she happened to work for the Historical Society Of Glastonbury. We had a nice conversation about Glastonbury and she told me if she ever came across the Zesut name in their archives she’d get in touch with me.

I recently received an email from her telling me she had come across the Honorable Discharge papers for my Great Grand Uncle Joseph Zesut. Seems the mysterious Joseph had been a member of the Connecticut Home Guard. I was pretty amazed. Due to his death at a young age, we know less about Joseph than any of the other family members so it was great to receive more info about him!

The CT Home Guard was different from the National Guard in that it was a civilian organization established in 1917 for men who could not join the National Guard. Their responsibility would be to perform the military functions of the “militia” during their absence.

Joseph Zesut Home Guard Discharge

SOURCE: State Of Connecticut Military Emergency Board. Glastonbury Historical Society Archives, August 3, 1918.

State Of Connecticut

Military Emergency Board

This certifies that Joseph Zesut a Private of The Second Separate Company CONNECTICUT HOME GUARD who enlisted on the 14th day of May 1918 to serve two years unless sooner discharged, is honorably discharged from the Home Guard of the State ont the 3 day of August 1918 as he is working on the railroad and unable to attend drill.

Given at Hartford this 3rd day of Aug. 1918

By order of the Governor.

Military Emergency Board.

Richard S. Williams