Civil War heroes honored with sign in Binghamton

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A group of Binghamton men who played a key role in the Union's victory in the Civil War are receiving overdue recognition.

A sign was unveiled Thursday along Route 434 near the Pennsylvania Avenue Exit to commemorate Colonel David Ireland.

The strip of highway is dedicated to Ireland and the 137th New York Infantry, that trained on the south shores of the Susquehanna River.

On July 2nd, 1863, the New York 137th faced a barrage from Confederate troops, but held the line, which historians say contributed to the Union's victory at Gettysburg.

Tom Haines along with other advocates have been working to memorialize the 137th and Ireland for years.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo sponsored legislation for the dedication in the Assembly, which was later led in the Senate by Senator Fred Akshar.

"They literally saved the country during the 2nd day of the battle. Had they not been resolute and incredibly brave, we'd be a different country, and I'd argue that with anyone," said Tom Haines.

"These community advocates came to me and said they tried so hard to get recognition. I felt it was an obligation on my part to try," said Lupardo.

Last year, a historical marker was placed at "Camp Susquehanna" where the regiment had trained.

Haines hopes people will see the sign and want to learn more about Ireland and his men.


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