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New presentation on Civil War soldier set for July 31 at Lucy Bensley

Howard-Cushing

Pomfret Town Historian Todd Langworthy will present a new program on Howard B. Cushing, one of the four Cushing brothers who fought for the Union during the Civil War.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at the Lucy Bensley Center in Springville and is free and open to the public.

Langworthy, of Fredonia, will speak about Cushing, who was an artillery officer during the Civil War and stayed in the army in the years after the war in order to continue serving his country in the Southwestern United States.

Cushing became known as a fearless leader in Arizona, where he attempted to hunt down leaders like Apache Chief Cochise. Cushing’s story is a fascinating one, intertwined with that of his younger brother, Alonzo Cushing, who died at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The presentation is part of the monthly series hosted by the Western New York Civil War Society in conjunction with Echoes Through Time and the Lucy Bensley Center. Presentations are always held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted for the Civil

War Preservation Trust. Light refreshments will be served.

The Lucy Bensley Center is located at 23 North Buffalo St. in Springville. For additional information, contact Tom Place, curator at Echoes Through Time, at 957-2740 or the Lucy Bensley Center at 592-0094.

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