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Off the Northway: Soldier’s diary tells tales of Civil War

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We don’t know whether William B. Howard was from Schenectady, but it’s where he enlisted in the Union Army early in the Civil War. Howard was assigned to the 48th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, which fought a series of under-recognized battles along the Georgia and Carolina coasts from 1861 to 1865, as the Union sought to seize ground control of the entrances to important Confederate harbors. Howard, a corporal, was wounded and then captured ...

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