Thomas Pimer of the 21st Connecticut Volunteers was close enough to hear the Battle of Antietam, but did not participate in it or in the campaigns that followed. William Smith was not so fortunate and provided graphic descriptions of the fighting at Gettysburg. Afterwards, he was fortunate to be detailed to hospitals in Gettysburg and Maryland and remained away from his regiment for several months. Homer Curtis spend several weeks in hospitals in Maryland and described it and the struggle to get back to his regiment. After the conclusion of the war, his 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery provided security for the capital city before being mustered out at the end of the summer of 1865.