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Civil War Commission Lecture April 6 on the Elmira Prison Camp

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Civil War Commission Lecture April 6 on the Elmira Prison Camp

Friday, April 3, 2015

In the latest in the series of lectures on topics related to the Civil War, Gary Emerson will speak next Monday, April 6 on the Confederate Prison Camp that was located in Elmira, New York.  The lecture will take place on April 6, beginning at 6 p.m., at the BorgWarner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca.

The Elmira Prison Camp was called “the Andersonville of the North.”  The lecture is sponsored by the Tompkins County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in partnership with the Tompkins County Public Library.

A retired history teacher from Newfield High School, Mr. Emerson has also lectured on The Erie Canal and its connection to Elmira, as well as on the Chemung Canal.  He is currently working on his PhD at Binghamton University.

Mr. Emerson’s talk is the latest in the series of lectures presented through a five-year partnership between the Civil War Commission and the Tompkins County Public Library, to provide opportunities for community conversation and increased awareness about the Civil War.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture series is made possible through a gift from the Gannett Foundation.

For more information, contact Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen, Civil War Commission co-chair, at ckk6@cornell.edu.