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The color guard of the 118th New York Volunteers Infantry, "The Adirondack Regiment." Each man was at least six feet tall. Color Sergeant Joseph A. Hastings, who stood 6 feet, 6 inches, commanded them. He is holding the flags. (Photo submitted)

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Hear about the Adirondack Regiment

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:37 PM

LONG LAKE -- The CVW Long Lake Public Library presents a fascinating lecture about Adirondack involvement in the Civil War by Sharp Swan at the Long Lake Pavilion Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.

The story started when the Adirondack Regiment, the 118th New York Volunteers Infantry, left Plattsburgh Sept. 1, 1862 to fight the rebellious southern states in a war that later became known as the Civil War. They had no idea what lay ahead of them.

On that misty, damp morning as they pulled away from the docks for the trip down Lake Champlain, for so many of the 1,000 men this would be the last they saw of the region they had grown up in and knew so well.

For almost three years the men of the Adirondack Regiment fought in some of the bloodiest battles, like Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, the capture of Fort Harrison, and finally the second battle of Seven Oaks in which half of the regiment was captured.

By the time they were mustered out in Plattsburgh at the end of the war there were only 299 men left to answer the final roll call.

This is the story of their journey as they fought to try and keep the Union together, told mostly through original writings and stories of the men that were there.

     

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