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The Future of ‘Freedom’s Fortress’

As a former US President, James Monroe was reported to be an important, well-liked resident of New York City. When he passed on he was interred in one of the first non-denominational cemeteries in the City, the Marble Vault Cemetery in a then very different Bowery, apparently by choice. The Virginia legislature voted to have him reburied in Virginia, in the Hollywood Cemetery. Historians report the whole city stopped to show its respects as his body was taken down to the ship at the dock and sailed to Virginia. I would hope the "Fortress Monroe" be preserved, as has recently Fort Jay has in our own harbor on Governors Island, where a future President Ulysses S. Grant once served as an Army captain. Friday at 11:48pm

How to Lose Allies and Alienate People

The British Navy was blockading slave-running ships on the west coast of Africa. A yacht, "Wanderer" was stopped and boarded. Built in East Setauket, NY on the north shore of Long Island, and out-fitted in Port Jefferson with water tanks for the trans-Atlantic crossing, was thought "too luxurious" in 1858 to be a slaver by the British officer according to his later testimony. "The Wanderer (slave ship)" Wikipedia entry is quite extensive. Hard to see how they might be pro-Confederacy. In 1861, the "Alligator (submarine)" was constructed and perhaps a story I heard about a fleet of them if Great Britain entered the war in the Atlantic is true. As it was they were later fined for the C.S.S. Alabama. August 12 at 9:46pm


Civil War | The New York Times (2)

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Pulverized I read toward the end of the war by the Union, I seem to recall two large R.P. Parrott "rifles" were later found walled up in it. I worked in the Foundry Cove next to the West Point Foundry and Constitution Island where they were made and we found an R.P. Parrott gun platform used as a "Swamp Angel" bombarding Charleston in 1863 with incendiaries. EPA Marathon Battery Superfund National Priority remediation batteries for Nike missiles made there later, "apropos". Civil War | The New York Times (2)

The North of the South – Readers’ Comments –

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The North of the South – Readers’ Comments – “Robert David Lion Gardiner, last ‘lord of the manor’ of Gardiners Island, in Suffolk County, New York was related to the former First Lady, Julia Gardiner, the second wife of the former President John Tyler. He was said to be ‘in charge’ of Richmond, VA during the Civil War. Mr. Gardiner said that his great-aunt, said to have been the prettiest of all of First Lady’s, had a dream that John Tyler would soon die, one night while at their estate in Tidewater Virginia. She rode a horse through the night and met him on the steps of the hotel used as the Confederate headquarters and heard his consternation for traveling in such dangerous circumstances. He died though, shortly afterwards and Mr. Gardiner said both sides held up the hostilities to allow the grieving former First Lady Julia Tyler (nee Gardiner) and her entourage to cross the battleground and return to New York where her father had been the US Senator for New York. He and others had been killed on the USS Princeton when an experimental gun, the so-called ‘Peacemaker’ exploded in salute of Washington’s Mount Vernon in passing on the Potomac River. That event had literally thrown the widowed President Tyler together with the young Julia Gardiner, in a national tragic mourning for a number of people. She would later live her life on Staten Island after a much publicized court case over a contestable will, setting precedent, named large properties in Manhattan, thought scandalously changed. Ironically, I suppose, Mr. Gardiner related, he served in naval intelligence in WWII aboard a newer USS Princeton, and related of denying when in law school, of being ‘that Gardiner’.”

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01/25/2011 at 6:13 pm

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