Location of Civil War camp confirmed in northern NY village

POTSDAM, N.Y. (AP) — The location of a Civil War camp has been confirmed in a northern New York village where about 1,000 men trained before going off to fight for the Union Army.

The Watertown Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1D28cXv ) that two SUNY Potsdam anthropology professors and a local museum president used an old map and metal detectors to determine where Camp Union was located in the St. Lawrence County village.

The researchers found evidence of underground foundations of some of the buildings that once stood at the camp, which included a mess hall, an infirmary and barracks. The camp only existed for six months in 1861-62 before being demolished.

The soldiers who trained at Camp Union came from North Country villages. Known as the 92nd New York State Volunteers, the infantry regiment fought in 16 major battles in Virginia and North Carolina.

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Information from: Watertown Daily Times, http://www.watertowndailytimes.com

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