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The New York 150th Sesquicentennial Committee

This Dust was Once the Man

This dust was once the man,
Gentle, plain, just, and resolute under
Whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of these States.

--the Walt Whitman poem, written on Lincoln's assassination,  that CWFMNY member Carmen Delgado alluded to in her talk on October 21, 2009.

A recommended website for past & present Civil War photography from Bob Gagnon via Jim Santagata

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A few photos from our inaugural trip to Philadelphia
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Audio Podcasts

Third Annual
Wm. H. Seward Book Award Winner

Photo by Nathan Burkan
Midnight Rising:
John Brown
and The Raid that Sparked
the Civil War

Tony Horwitz

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Matthew Borowick
Civil War Economics

Recorded April 21, 2010, at the CWFMNY meeting
54 minutes


 Tom Fleming
The Murder of
Major General Nelson
Recorded March 24, 2010, at the CWFMNY meeting
54 minutes

The Joint Committee
on the Conduct of the War

A paper given to The Civil War Forum of Metro NY by Jim Santagata
 on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Logo of
 The Civil War Trust


Click here to see and/or download their excellent PowerPoint slideshow
(May take a minute or two)


A fuller description of the book can be found at the publisher's website: 

Dinner & talk
on the 3rd Monday of July

July 21, 2014
5:30 pm: Cash bar  |  6:00 pm Dinner


 The William Henry Seward
 Award for Excellence
in Civil War Biography


Civil War General and Indian Fighter:
James M. Williams


Robert W. Lull


Draught 55
245 E. 55th St., at 2nd Ave.
Midtown East, NYC

The Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York is pleased to present its William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography to Robert W. Lull for his book "Civil War General and Indian Fighter: James M. Williams", University of North Texas Press 2013.  This fine book tells the story of the first officer in American history to command a regiment of African American troops in combat.  Gen. Williams and his regiment held their own in combat against Confederate forces in Arkansas, Missouri, and the Oklahoma territories.  They made it an established fact that African American soldiers could fight capably and courageously.  The story of their exploits, their sufferings, and their devoted service to their country warrants the attention of any serious student of the Civil War, and Gen. Williams's leadership plays a critical role in the narrative.


A fuller description of the book can be found at the publisher's website:


The William Henry Seward Award was established by the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York in 2010 through the generosity of James Davis.  The Award includes a stipend and an invitation to the recipient to visit New York City and speak to the Civil War Forum.  Mr. Lull will be the speaker at the Forum's meeting on July 21, 2014.

Past winners of the William H. Seward Award are:
Joan Waugh, U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
Gail Stephens, Shadow of Shiloh:  Major General Lew Wallace and the Civil War
Tony Horwitz, Midnight Rising, John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
Henry W. Brands, The Man Who Saved the Union in War and Peace:  Ulysses S. Grant
Walter Stahr, Seward, Lincoln's Indispensable Man


Price for dinner and talk: $40 for members,
$50 for non-members (or members who don't RSVP to the contact person.)
The contact person for July for confirming your attendance is Carmen Delgado.  Her contact info is 212 873-1999 and 
Please contact Carmen
no later than Friday evening, July 18th.
   The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00PM with a cash bar at 5:30PM.




History: January/February 2010: Atlantic
Saving hallowed ground from a Big Box invader
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

WalMart and the Civil War

Thanks to Conrad Eberstein and Bob Gagnon for suggesting this link


Walmart Drops Wilderness Plan

In an unexpected development on the day that a trial was scheduled to begin in the case, Walmart announced that it has abandoned plans to pursue a special use permit previously awarded to the retail giant for construction of a supercenter on the Wilderness Battlefield. 


Our organization's newsletter:

The Spring 2014

The MAY 14-17 2015 Battlefield Tour:
Call 718-591-2950 

Audio Podcast

Photo by Nathan Burkan
Last Battle
Chris Mackowski

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55 minutes
Recorded March 20, 3013

Henry Halleck:
 his Genius and his Dark Side

Photo: Nathan Burkan

Podcast of Jim Santagata's talk to the Forum on December 15, 2010
Click here to listen

Was the Civil War

Photo: Nathan Burkan

Jamie Malanowski
The New York Times

Podcast of Jamie Malanowski's
 talk to the Forum on
March 16, 2011

Click here to listen

Click here
to go to David S. Reynolds' New York Times review of Eric Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

NY Times Story
on the CWFMNY /
Ely Parker talk

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Nathan Burkan's Album of snapshots from recent meetings

Website by Bob Rowen


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