New York Honors First Union Officer Killed in Civil War with Funeral Re-Enactment

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MECHANICVILLE, NY (AP).- Col. Elmer Ellsworth and James Jackson died within feet of one another, yet the perspectives reflected in historical markers to the two men are as far apart as the 333 miles separating one tribute from the other. Ellsworth’s monument in this Hudson River city doesn’t mention Jackson and Ellsworth’s name doesn’t appear on the plaque adorning the corner of the suburban Washington, D.C., building where Jackson’s hotel once stood and where both men died 150 years ago this month. The monument marks the grave of Ellsworth, long recognized as the first Union officer to die in the Civil War. The plaque hails Jackson as the South’s first