FREDONIA – The Chautauqua County Historical Society’s final program of 2014 will take place in the hometown of a celebrated Civil War hero. On Saturday at Fredonia Grange No. 1, historian Jim Boltz will present “Remembering a Civil War Hero: The Life and Times of William Cushing.”
William Barker Cushing was born November 4, 1842 in Wisconsin but moved to Fredonia with his family when he was five. During the Civil War, heroism, good luck and coolness under fire during the war were legendary.
He is best known for a special operation mission that involved the destruction of the Confederacy’s ironclad ram CSS Albermarle – which took place 150 years ago – Oct. 28, 1864. Of the 14 men sent on the mission, only Cushing and one other were able to escape.
The event will take place at the Fredonia Grange No. 1 (58 W. Main St., Fredonia NY), beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. It is free and open to the public.