Civil War

Three chapters of Rutherfurd's New York cover the Civil War from different perspectives. The 'Lincoln' chapter deals with Lincoln's famous address at what was then called the Cooper Institute (Cooper Union), that outlined the case for the Union in 1860. In 'The Draft', we learn of the city's brief threat to secede from the Union in 1861 - for New York's business was closely tied to the South - and witness the terrible Draft Riots of 1863. In 'Moonlight Sonata' we learn the reactions of the fictional Theodore Keller, a photographer, to what he saw as he covered the tragic conflict.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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