The Clinton County Historical Association (CCHA) will host the presentation “Not Just a Sunday Man: The Civil War Story of Rev. Charles Luther Hagar, Chaplain of the 118th New York Volunteers” by Helen Nerska, CCHA President, and a musical composition by Stephen Langdon, Saranac Lake musician (Rev. Hagar was their great-great-great uncle).
Nerska’s port of the presentation will feature a series of vignettes recounting the Civil War story of the Chaplain of the 118th Infantry (known as the Adirondack Regiment) from September 1862 to June 1865 as seen through his letters, newspaper reports, music, photos, and comments of those who served with him.
His story includes farming on Cumberland Head on Lake Champlain, his love of his farm and family and his faith which sustained him. Nerska’s talk will touch on Hagar’s responsibilities as Regimental Chaplain, his love of music and his post-war involvement with his regiment’s veterans. Langdon will follow with a musical adaptation of a poem written by Charles Luther Hagar.
The talk will be given at the Old Base Chapel on the Oval on the Old Base in Plattsburgh, NY, on Monday, June 2, at 7pm. The program is free and open to the public. It is part of CCHA’s Monday Night Lecture Series funded in part by Clinton County.