Category Archives: New York

November 27, 1862: Thanksgiving.

Governor George Opdyke ********************** While the tradition of Thanksgiving was becoming established, its date still varied from place to place, and it was customary for officials to proclaim it publicly. Here the New York Times reproduces New York Governor Opdyke’s … Continue reading

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November 8, 1862: South celebrates Democratic congressional gains in the North

Democratic Governor Horatio Seymour of New York, elected 1862. The Richmond Daily Dispatch reproduced an item from an unnamed Democratic northern paper about the mid-term election results. It was a bit over the top, though New York did actually go … Continue reading

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November 4, 1862: The elections in New York

It appears that Benjamin Wood wrote a book called “Fort Lafayette, or Love and Secession.” The New York Times regards him as an opponent of the Lincoln administration. A quick look at his novel seems to support the idea — … Continue reading

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August 28, 1862: Draft Insurance

The New York Times editorial decries the practice of selling draft insurance. Apparently it was possible to pay an insurer who would provide a substitute for you if you were drafted into the Union forces. The editorial argues that this … Continue reading

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August 15, 1862: Freedom or no?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprinted an editorial exchange between two New York papers. As we have seen, the desire to keep the border states from seceding had been acting as a damper on the abolitionist tendencies of northern radicals — … Continue reading

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July 7, 1862: Wall street wimps

The markets tanked in response to McClellan’s retreat from the Peninsula in the Seven Days campaign. The New York Times was disgusted with them. The Wall-street Scare We would not advise any citizen who may contemplate raising a regiment to … Continue reading

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June 22, 1862: A panic among Brooklyn doctors

The New York Times took some pleasure, it appears, in reporting the uproar in the Kings County Medical Society when a black doctor was proposed for membership. It appears that the Latin in the punchline may have been garbled by … Continue reading

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March 30, 1862: War or no, pronunciation is crucial

A letter to the Times advocates latitude in pronunciation. Apparently a previous letter-writer was incensed at his daughter being taught the broad British “a” in school. The Latest Atrocity in the Public Schools. To the Editor of the New-York Times: … Continue reading

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January 26, 1862: Experiences of a released prisoner

Union and Confederate officers have a drink after a prisoner exchange A Union soldier from New York describes his time in Richmond. He had the good luck to meet an Irishwoman from New York, who had some kind feeling for … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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