Brooklyn And The Civil War
BookCourt (163 Court St., Brooklyn)
While Manhattan was the site of many important Civil War events, Brooklyn also played an important part in the war. Henry Ward Beecher “auctioned off” slaves at the Plymouth Church, raising the money to free them. Walt Whitman reported news of the war in a Brooklyn paper and wrote some of his most famous works. At the same time, Brooklyn both grappled with and embraced unique challenges, from the arrival of new immigrants to the formation of one of the nation’s first baseball teams. Local historian Bud Livingston crafts the portrait of Brooklyn in transition—shaped by the Civil War while also leaving its own mark on the course of the terrible conflict.