Tag Archives: New York City

coal comfort

From the New York Tribune (Image 2) on January 13, 1918: Later on at Image 10 the editors tried the power of suggestion to warm things up: the relative heat in Tampa Bay, more moderate temps in Atlantic City, and … Continue reading

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black Christmas

An editorial 150 years ago today seemed at least somewhat nostalgic for the antebellum South. From The New-York Times December 25, 1867: Christmas at the South The contrast between the Christmas of to-day and the Christmas which was known before … Continue reading

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clean energy

From The New-York Times October 27, 1867: Petroleum for Fuel. There have been many objections urged to the use of petroleum as fuel on sea-going vessels, most of which, we believe, will be successfully set aside. But none of them … Continue reading

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“dislocating his already swollen wrist”

150 years ago yesterday Gotham “was in a blaze of excitement” – Lieutenant-General Grant was in town! (and by the way there was a monster meeting at the Cooper Institute to show support for President Johnson and his administration; the … Continue reading

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“promenade in blue”

The federal occupation of Richmond allowed President Lincoln to see it 150 years ago today. The fall of Richmond also increased volunteer recruits in New York City because it was believed that becoming a Union soldier suddenly was much less … Continue reading

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union jubilee

On the same day that a Richmond publication admonished its readers to make an upcoming day of prayer and fasting truly earnest and solemn, the Empire City held a grand Union Jubilee, a seven mile long parade. General Winfield Scott … Continue reading

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sourcing recruits

Conscription in early 1865 was kind of a fluid thing. Here are three short pieces from the Seneca Falls, NY library big notebook of Civil War clippings that show 1) the quota for the 24th New york Congressional District didn’t … Continue reading

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Beast on Broadway

General Benjamin F. Butler had yet another role to play for the Union cause – help keep New York City peaceful and orderly for the November 8th election. New Yorkers could read his orders 150 years ago today. From The … Continue reading

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skating … or not

Here a Northern newspaper acknowledged the huge contrast between the suffering soldiers and the still luxurious life at home. For all the people in New York could tell, the fighting might just as well have been in China. The least … Continue reading

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sans ticker tape

Ships from the Russian fleet had been anchored in New York harbor for over a week (and although the ships enjoyed visitors, a “furore” was created when Mrs. Lincoln prematurely visited one of the ships). 150 years ago today a … Continue reading

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