The State of New York during the American Civil War was a major influence in national politics, the Union war effort, and the media coverage of the war. New York was the most populous state in the Union during the Civil War, and provided more troops to the Union Army than any other state, as well as several significant military commanders and leaders.
Generals such as Darius Couch from the town of Southeast and Gouverneur Warren from Cold Spring represent leadership born and raised in the Hudson Valley. Abraham Lincoln campaigned hard in New York State to win the election of 1860 and made several visits to New York City and the Hudson Valley before and during the war. New York State also produced an immense amount of war material from its factories such as the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring. Construction facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn produced the USS Monitor with its innovative moveable turret.
The Annual Lincoln Remembrance Day is set for Saturday, February 22nd, from 11:30 am to 2 pm at the Lincoln Depot Museum in Peekskill.
Events will begin at 11:30 am with a ceremony and wreath laying at Lincoln Excedra, 500 South St; Peekskill, followed by a 1861 Speech Reenactment at the Lincoln Depot Museum at 12:15 pm. At 1 pm, Historian Rob Buccheri, appearing as General Gouverneur K. Warren, will present a Powerpoint presentation detailing New York’s connection to Lincoln and the State’s contributions to winning the Civil War. (Suggested Donation $10).
Robert Buccheri is a Social Studies teacher at Carmel High School in Carmel, New York. He has been teaching American History for 26 years and is a re-enactor for the French and Indian, Revolutionary and Civil War eras. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from the University at Buffalo and a Master’s Degree from Connecticut State University. He is a Master Teacher for the Living History Education Foundation.
More information can be found on the Lincoln Depot Museum website.