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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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