Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War

September 15, 2007 - January 5, 2008
Central Library, Grand Lobby

America's Civil War, bloodily fought over the four long years from 1861 to 1865, was a pivotal event in our nation's history. And the City of Brooklyn, at that time the third largest city in America, played a key role in that war. Brooklyn supplied thousands of men to fight for the Union armies, built ships and manned crews for its Navy. Brooklyn, before and during the war, also was a place of refuge for runaway slaves and free blacks.

More than 130 years after the Civil War, our memories of the role Brooklyn played in it are shaped by many things: soldiers' letters, battle flags, books, newspaper accounts, photographs, movies, as well as cemetery and public monuments.

This exhibition and related events explore who these Brooklyn men of the Civil War were, how they are remembered and why our memories of them are important. It offers an opportunity to read their words, to look into their faces, to learn their stories and to appreciate the sacrifices they made for their country and its causes.

Jeffrey I. Richman
Curator and Author of Final Camping Ground: Civil War Veterans at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, in Their Own Words

Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War will also feature several events, including:
"Tour of Green-Wood Cemetery"
Get a guided tour of the cemetery by a historian.
Monday, November 12
Reservation Only - Please call 718-768-7300.

Enshrined Memories: Brooklyn and the Civil War is a collaborative project of Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and The Green-Wood Cemetery. It is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, with additional funding provided by BPL's Fund for Brooklyn History, established through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Hearst Foundation, Inc., the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Starr Foundation, the Leon and Muriel Gilbert Charitable Trust, the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund, Inc. and a gift in memory of Samuel and Pauline Wine.

Thanks to those behind this exhibition:
The Green-Wood Cemetery:
President Richard Moylan; Historian and Curator Jeffrey I. Richman; Exhibitions Designer Art Presson; Associate Exhibitions Designer and Graphic Artist Marc Zaref; and Brian Rose, photographer.

Brooklyn Public Library: Director of Programs & Exhibitions Jay Kaplan

Thanks also to Brooklyn Museum and Weeksville Heritage Center.

Special thanks to these organizations and individuals who have loaned items to this exhibition: Russ Altman, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Public Library, Company H, 119th New York Volunteers Association, Ruth Detjen, Green-Wood Historic Fund, Huntington Historical Society, Jeffrey Kraus, Mariners' Museum, New York Historical Society, New York State Military Museum, Jeffrey I. Richman, S. Gregory Seaman, Barbara Thompson, Three Village Historical Society, Barbara Thompson, United States Army Military History Institute.