Old West Point applicant letters being put online

Little Bighorn, a young George Armstrong Custer was described as accurate in math.
Nearly 30 years before his March to the Sea laid waste to a large swath of Georgia, William Tecumseh Sherman was deemed a “fine energetic boy.”
And two decades before he would earn the nickname “Stonewall,” Thomas J. Jackson’s dreams of a military career [...]

NYS grant to fund restoration of upstate city’s Civl War monument

An upstate city has received a $150,000 grant from the state to restore its monument honoring northern New Yorkers who fought and died in the Civil War.
Watertown has been awarded the funding to restore the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the city’s Public Square.
The grant comes from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic [...]

Gravestone from Civil War Veteran

How many times have you driven by the Lake Ronkonkoma Cemetery on Hawkins Avenue and not really noticed it?
Sometimes we forget that there were people here way before we were. Recently, I took a walk through the grounds looking for something interesting to photograph for the “From the Lens … Sachem in Pictures” segment for Sachem [...]

Northlight Theatre Adds Performance Dates for A Civil War Christmas

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, has added an extra week of performances for A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration, now running through December 26, 2010. The holiday musical by Paula Vogel, directed by Henry Godinez, has been extended for seven performances due [...]

This anniversary, don’t go for broke

Two score and 10 years ago, give or take, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and New York state might have had money to burn on a Civil War centennial celebration. They certainly had the foresight not to plan the whole thing at the last minute.
Fifty years later finds New York in not such well-heeled times.

Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address and Little Falls

The recent movement of our Eastern Park Gettysburg Address monument to the corner opposite St. Mary’s Church to accommodate our new veterans monument affords us the opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of Lincoln‘s greatest words and their connection to all three Eastern Park monuments. Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the occasion of the [...]

Farmingdale Prepares to Commemorate Civil War Sesquicentennial

With the sesquicentennial, the 150th year anniversary, of the Civil War, quickly approaching, the Farmingdale – Bethpage Historical Society is preparing to honor Farmingdale’s Civil War veterans. The organization plans to unveil a new war memorial on the Village Green on Memorial Day 2011.
A little more than a year ago, high school student Patrick Looney [...]

“Ride with the Devil” to be Screened on November 19, 2010

“Ride With the Devil” (United States, 1999, 148 minutes, color, directed by Ang Lee) will be shown on Friday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany’s downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, the screening is free and open to the public.
Ten years [...]

Andre Braugher to step into Civil War-era play ‘The Whipping Man’ by Matthew Lopez

Emmy winner Andre Braugher will star in the New York premier of Matthew Lopez’s Civil War-era play “The Whipping Man.”
Manhattan Theatre Club says Braugher will play one of two newly freed former slaves who welcome home a severely wounded Jewish Confederate officer in Virginia. The casting for the other parts will be announced later.

Tompkins County to honor Civil War nurses through TC3 scholarships

Carol Kammen said she was “disturbed” when she realized there was no memorial in Tompkins County honoring Civil War nurses. But with 2011 marking the 150th anniversary of the start of the war, she saw a chance to change that.
Kammen, along with the Tompkins County Civil War Commission, decided to create three nursing scholarships at [...]