Delmar man gives Civil War memoir new life

A longtime student of American history, Howard has published several other books on the Civil War, as well as many articles on different topics related to American military, social and political history. After graduating from Bethlehem Central, he continued his studies at Manhattanville College where he received a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1983. He earned a master's degree in political science from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College as a Herbert Lehman Fellow in 1984 and participated in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School in 1998.

Howard served as acting chief of staff to Gov. George E. Pataki during the last two years of his administration and as Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security to Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He later served as Chief of Staff of the NYS Office of Homeland Security.

"The Memoir of William T. Levey" was originally published in extremely limited edition in 1904 and offers a rare glimpse into the life of the Civil War's common soldiers," Howard said. "The memoir is really the closest thing we have today that approximates the experience of what if must have been like to sit at the knee of the old Civil War veterans and listen to their stories of camp and battlefield."

Howard said he thinks the success of historical programming on cable and documentaries on PBS has helped raise interest and awareness on American military conflicts.

"It's really a post-Ken Burns PBS phenomenon that people are more interested in what people actually had to say themselves in the past," he said. "It gives us perspective."

"The Civil War Memoir of William T. Levey" can be purchased from the Northshire Bookstore for $12 plus shipping and handling and can be ordered online at www.northshire.com or by phone at 1-800-437-3700.""

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