(South Washington Street Bridge, courtesy of AM)
A local regiment, the 137th New York Infantry, was mustered into service September 25, 1862, right after the battle of Antietam. Their commanding officer was Colonel David Ireland and this regiment saw service in many important actions, including Chancellorsville, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta, Bentonville, and, perhaps most important of all - Gettysburg, where their action at Culp's Hill helped to win the battle, and ultimately the war, for the Union.)
David Ireland never made it to the end of the war, dying in Atlanta, Georgia in 1864. To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing named for Colonel Ireland in Binghamton, although it is possible his actions may have helped to win the Battle of Gettysburg. That is about to change.
In time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3), the South Washington Street Bridge will be renamed the Colonel David Ireland/ 137th New York Voluntary Infantry Memorial Bridge.
Finally, some honor comes to David Ireland, a man almost unknown to many who live in Binghamton. His actions at Culp Hill, and those of our local regiment the night of July 2, 1863, may have won Gettysburg.
After Gettysburg, Ireland (who was born in Scotland) married a local Binghamton woman, Sara Phelps, but had to immediately go back to war. They never had children. But we in Binghamton consider him one of our own, and he is buried in a local cemetery with at least one other Civil War officer.