179th New York Volunteer Infantry
A Union Regiment Forged in the Petersburg Campaign
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Ed Rutan is interested in speaking to groups about the 179th New York Volunteers and
If I Have Got To Go and Fight, I Am Willing
Please use the contact information if you would like to hear from him.

“Mr. Rutan knows his subject well and is a great speaker. I would wholeheartedly recommend
him to any roundtable, historical organization, symposium, or other group interested in a top
notch program presented by an individual who has an obvious interest in his research.”

Currently scheduled talks:

Rochester Reunion Society
June 24th, 2016

18th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium, Salisbury, North Carolina
April 18th, 2015

Petersburg National Battlefield Visitor Center, Petersburg, Virginia
April 25th, 2015

Men's group of Utah Jewish Federation, Park City, Utah
June 30th, 2015

a Park City book club, Park City, Utah
July 23rd, 2015

Chemung County Museum, Elmira, New York
July 30th, 2015

Yates County History Center – History on Tap series, Penn Yan, New York
August 4th, 2015


“Edwin (‘Ed’) Rutan, II was a guest lecturer at the 18th Annual Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium
held April 10-12, 2015 in Salisbury, NC. This educational, historical, and memorial event has been sponsored
yearly since 1998 by the Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and has attracted
attendees from throughout the United States in addition to Canada and Scotland. The Salisbury Prison housed prisoners
from December 1861 to February 1865 and was North Carolina's only military prison during the War Between the States.
All invited lecturers speak on subjects that relate to the history of this prison.

“Mr. Rutan, historian and reitred attorney, made an excellent presentation at the Symposium on April 11
in the Tom Smith Autitorium of Catawba College. As author of a new book on the 179th New York Volunteers,
If I Have To Go and Fight, I Am Willing, Mr. Rutan discussed the history of the Regiment in which his
ancester was a soldier. He also told of the experiences of its member who were captured and sent to Salisbury
during the darkest times for this prison due to excessive overcrowding, disease, and lack of medicine, supplies, and food.

“Mr. Rutan knows his subject well and is a great speaker. I would wholeheartedly recommend
him to any roundtable, historical organization, symposium, or other group interested in a top
notch program presented by an individual who has an obvious interest in his research.”

– Sue Curtis –
President, Robert F. Hoke Chapter No. 78, UDC
Chairman, Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposiums

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