Facebook live Event- Colonel David Ireland and the 137th NY Regiment
May 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join author and historian David Cleutz Saturday May 30th at 12pm for a discussion about Colonel David Ireland and the NY 137th Regiment.
Please note this presentation will be live on Facebook at 12pm. Be sure to like and follow our page so that you can join us.
Author and historian David Cleutz has published several books on the Civil War. His first novel, War & Redemption, set in Binghamton, Mercersburg and Gettysburg, features the 137th NY and the 4th Virginia Cavalry. In Their Own Words -Col. Ireland and the 137th NY is a compilation of war-time letters from the men of the 137th NY. His 2010 book, Fields of Fame & Glory- Col. David Ireland and the 137th New York Volunteers, is the comprehensive history of a regiment that has long deserved national acclaim for its contributions to Union victory at Gettysburg and beyond. His most recent book, published by Gettysburg Publishing, is Rebels in the Front Yard – Liberty at Gettysburg. It contains actual experiences of 6 teenagers living in Gettysburg and Hanover amid the battles there, all of whom are his ancestors.
Cleutz is the pen name of David Clutz. A long-time resident of Binghamton, Clutz is a native Pennsylvanian, his family living in the Gettysburg area for generations. He is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Col. David Ireland Post #137. He is a member of the Binghamton Civil War Historical Society & Roundtable, the Glen Haven Historical Society at Skaneateles Lake, and the Adams County Historical Society (Gettysburg). He is a frequent lecturer, and in April 2010 was given the award for Excellence in Promoting Local History by the Association of Public Historians of New York. He presently serves as President of Lyceum, a Lifetime Learning Institute affiliated with Binghamton University. Clutz lives with his wife Terry in an 1870’s-era farmhouse overlooking the Susquehanna River in southwest Binghamton.
Clutz has had a life-long tie to the Civil War. His ancestor Jacob Clutz was a member of the Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1864. David Clutz grew up in Mercersburg, scene of Jeb Stuart’s October 1862 raid around McClellan’s Army after the Battle of Antietam. As a boy, The Gettysburg Battlefield near his grandparents’ homes served as a playground for him and his brothers. His final resting place will be in the Clutz family plot in Evergreen Cemetery, on the Gettysburg Battlefield.
David Clutz is attended James Buchanan High School in Mercersburg PA, and is a graduate of The Mercersburg Academy. He holds Engineering degrees from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) and a Master of Business Administration from Binghamton University. He served more than three years in the US Army Ordnance Corps as an Air Defense Missile Maintenance Officer. He was a flight simulation engineer and manager for 35 years, before becoming a full-time historian, lecturer, and author.