Civil War Historian to present research at Fort Ontario

Historian Thomas Ebert will share information on how to research one’s Civil War ancestors Thursday, Aug. 15 at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Pictured is a Civil War artillery unit at Fort Ontario.

During the American Civil War (1861 – 1865), Oswego County provided more men to Civil War regiments, on a percentage basis, than any other county in the state. Civil War historian and Oswego native Thomas J. Ebert will speak Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7:15 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks of Fort Ontario about how to go about researching one’s Civil War ancestors. Admission to the program is free and open to the public.

Ebert will discuss his journey in finding and verifying his Oswego County Civil War ancestors, highlight some of the problems and pitfalls typically encountered during such research, distribute copies of helpful resources, and provide advice to participants interested in conducting their own research.

Thomas Ebert was born in Oswego and holds a BA and MA in History and an MLS in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. A retired librarian and personnel officer of California State University at Fresno, Ebert has compiled an Ebert-McGrath family genealogy, a three-volume documentary history of Oswego’s 147th New York Infantry Regiment, and an annotated brief history of the 184th New York Infantry Regiment.

He is currently working on a documentary history of the 81st New York Infantry Regiment and has done research and editorial work for the book by Dr. Allen Carden entitled “Freedom’s Delay: Emancipation in America 1776-1865,” recently submitted for publication.

Ebert is a descendent of members of the 24th, 81st, 147th, and 184th New York Infantry Regiments, as well as the 12th, 15th, 20th, 24th New York Cavalry Regiments, and the US Navy during the Civil War.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. Anyone with accessibility issues should contact Paul Lear at 343-4711 to make arrangements.

For information on the fort, visit www.fortontario.com.

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