Civil War Monuments in New York State
THE GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY
718-788-7850, 500 - 25th Street
Green-Wood Cemetery honors nearly 3,000 Civil War veterans buried there
JOHN BROWN FARM STATE HISTORIC SITE
518-523-3900, 2 John Brown Road, May thru Oct. Mon., Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Grounds open all year. $
High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York. On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899. Brown's final prophesy--"I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done,"--was soon to be realized in the Civil War.
GENERAL GRANT NATIONAL MEMORIAL
212-666-1640, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive
Overlooking the Hudson River from the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan, General Grant National Memorial is the largest tomb in North America. Grant's Tomb (as it is commonly called) is not only the final resting place of the General, but a memorial to his life and accomplishments.
The Peace Fountain
ULYSSES S. GRANT COTTAGE STATE HISTORIC SITE
518-587-8277, Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The site is open weekends through Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $
The cottage is located on the summit of Mt. McGregor, within the grounds of the Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility. All visitors must stop at the access point and check in. The driver must present a valid driver's license.
In this Adirondack Cottage Gen. Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885. He had arrived at the cottage from New York City on June 16, 1885, with his family, servants, and doctors; he was able to complete his memoirs in the short time he had left.