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NY Honoring 1st Union Officer Killed in Civil War

Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:53 AM

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Re-enactors, historians and residents of an upstate city are honoring the New Yorker who was the first Union officer to die in the Civil War.

A ceremony Sunday morning in Mechanicville at the grave of Col. Elmer Ellsworth, marks the death of the 24-year-old leader of a New York regiment sent to occupy Alexandria, Va., in May 1861.

Ellsworth had just removed a Confederate flag from atop the Marshall House hotel when he was shot by its proprietor, James Jackson, a staunch secessionist. A soldier in Ellsworth's detail then shot Jackson dead.

Ellsworth was considered a hero in the north, and his death inspired thousands of men to enlist. Jackson was hailed as a hero in the south.

The 150th anniversary of what became known as the "Ellsworth incident" is May 24.

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MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Re-enactors, historians and residents of an upstate city are honoring the New Yorker who was the first Union officer to die in the Civil War.A ceremony Sunday morning in Mechanicville at the grave of Col. Elmer Ellsworth, marks the death of the...
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