Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart is set to tell the story and share the personal diary of Civil War United States Army Signal Corps 2nd Lieutenant William H. Hill on Thursday, August 8 at 7 pm at the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, NY.
Lost and forgotten for decades, the diary was discovered and purchased during a general store’s going out of business sale in the town of Richmondville nearly 60 years ago. What it holds is a faithful record of the daily experiences and personal observations of one member of a very small and little known segment of the armed services.
The first entry in the diary is dated Jan. 1, 1862, when Hill was a company officer stationed in Frederick, Maryland. It follows his story throughout the rest of 1862, through his training at the Signal Corps Camp of Instruction and his service on the field of battle, including the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam and Fredericksburg.
Shuart’s talk will focus on the history and role of the Signal Corps, as well as Hill’s rare personal observations and first-hand accounts of the historic events of 1862.
Admission to the lecture is $5 for adults and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members. Refreshments will be provided.
The Old Stone Fort Museum Complex is located in the village of Schoharie at 145 Fort Road, off NY State Rt. 30, 2.5 miles south of Interstate 88 Exit 23.
For more information on the 2019 Lecture Series and other events, contact the museum at (518) 295-7192 or visit their website.