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Burial of local Union naval officer by Confederate Masons re-enacted each year in Louisiana town

Schenectady’s John E. Hart (inset) is buried in the cemetery of the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, La., shown here in 2009.
Schenectady’s John E. Hart (inset) is buried in the cemetery of the Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville, La., shown here in 2009.
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In the last letter home to his wife in Schenectady, John E. Hart gave no indication of the tragedy that was to occur just a few days later. Officially, the lieutenant commander of the USS Albatross “was killed in battle June 11, 1863, on the Mississippi River below Port Hudson.” The real story, the one generally considered as fact, was that Hart, stricken with yellow fever and possibly suffering from delusions, took his own life ...


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