Proud history: Black soldiers from Central New York made Civil War sacrifie

As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and Black History Month, Central New York should pause to remember its proud role in the fight to end slavery.
In the years preceding the Civil War, Syracuse was home to the Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, an escaped slave who led later [...]

Peekskill joins Abraham Lincoln journey re-enactment, honors 150th anniversary of visit

History buffs and enthusiasts of Abraham Lincoln may want to head to Peekskill this month.
The city long has celebrated the 16th president’s speaking stop in Peekskill, one of many on his 12-day railway journey from his Springfield, Ill., home to his inauguration in Washington, D.C., in 1861.
But this year, on the 150th anniversary of his [...]

No. 98: Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

The turreted stone building at 228 Main St. in front of the Old Burial Ground is an integral part of Huntington’s landscape.
It gives ample testimony to residents’ desire to honor fallen sons. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building was built in 1892 to honor those who died in the Civil War. The cannon in front [...]

Battle brewing over Civil War: New York State Military Museum friends struggle to fund sesquicentennial events

Local officials are fighting a financial battle to make sure New York state’s role in the Civil War isn’t forgotten.
The War Between the States began 150 years ago on April 12 at Fort Sumter, S.C., and most states will hold numerous sesquicentennial events in the next few years.
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Civil War group to help raise funds for monument project

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Walter H. French Camp No. 17, Carthage, has agreed to help with fundraising efforts for Watertown’s Soldiers and Sailors Monument restoration project.
At its annual meeting Saturday, City Planner Michael A. Lumbis outlined the project and what steps will be taken to restore the 120-year-old monument to [...]

‘The Whipping Man’ Marks Playwright’s Strong Debut

The Civil War officially ended when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. A brash new play from a playwright making his New York debut puts the day of reckoning a little later.
Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” explores what freedom, religion and family means for a returning Confederate soldier and his former slaves [...]

Whipping Man, Civil War Drama With a Twist, Makes NYC Debut; Andre Braugher Stars

The Whipping Man, Matthew Lopez’s historical drama about a Confederate Jewish solider returning home to his former slaves, who are also Jewish, gets its New York City premiere starting Jan. 13.
Doug Hughes directs the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Off-Broadway production at New York City Center Stage I. Opening night is Feb. 1.
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Citizen group forms to coordinate Civil War anniversary events

Flipping through a drawer of black-and-white photographs in the basement of the New York State Military Museum, Michael Aikey pulled out a baseball card-sized imprint of Capt. Seth Deyoe.
Within minutes, the museum director was able to learn that Deyoe was a 24-year-old soldier from Wilton who joined New York’s 77th regiment and took up arms [...]

Diary of a New York Lawyer

Dec. 21, 1860
The 19th century was a literary age, and the Civil War a written war. Diaries proliferated among politicians and professionals, civilians and soldiers; as a result, we have scores of personal reactions and reflections that document events both momentous and trivial. Not all of these diaries stand the test of time as revealing [...]

Livingston County to mark Civil War’s 150th

April 12, 1861 was a crucial day in the history of the United States, and 150 years later, Livingston County will begin a four-year-long commemoration on the local impact of the Civil War.
About a dozen people  interested in this project – from town historians to librarians – met in the Livingston County Historians Office Nov. [...]