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Associated Press

JOHNSBURG, N.Y. — A century and a half after his photographs gave the American public its first graphic images of Civil War battlefields, Mathew Brady's long-lost Adirondack birthplace has been found by a pair of history buffs.

Milda Burns and Glenn Pearsall tell the Post-Star of Glens Falls (http://bit.ly/v9P4aC ) that they used information from the 1830 census and Brady's letters to relatives to locate what's believed to be the family homestead's foundation in Warren County, in the southeastern Adirondacks 65 miles north of Albany.

Historians have long known that Brady was born to Irish immigrants in 1822 somewhere in the county, but the exact location wasn't known.

A small blue marker has been erected in the town of Johnsburg designating it as the famous Civil War photographer's birthplace.

Brady left Johnsburg when he was 16.

Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com
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