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?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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