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Civil War Group To Team Up With Capriotti For Research Library

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At a press conference held earlier today, The Friends Of The Elmira Civil War Prison Camp announced they will be teaming up with Jim Capriotti, owner of Foster House located at 722 West Water Street in Elmira to convert a vacant room into a Civil War research library. 

Capriotti has already converted most of the building into apartments, but according to Marty Chalk, president of the Civil war group, he approached the group about a year ago with the idea. Chalk says he believes the research library will give the group more credibility as well as attract Civil War researchers to the area. 

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Photo courtesy of Chemung County Historical Society 

 

Capriotti called the building a "treasure" and says he believes it will become a destination for those interested in the Civil War. 

Foster House was built in 1831 and served as headquarters for the Union officers who ran the prison camp. 

Additionally, The Friends of the Elmira Civil War Prison Camp will hold a ceremony to dedicate a new replica troop barracks building and a memorial brick garden at 3 p.m. Saturday near the Elmira Water Board building on Winsor Avenue. the public is encouraged to attend. 

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Chris    340

Kudos to Mr Capriotti for his vision. He's done great things for the city already, and keeps moving forward. 

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Mary    82

He really is the driving force behind many of the positive things happening in the city.

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