The 107th Infantry Memorial (Central Park)

The American Civil War pitted brother against brother and friend against friend. Yet memorials to those involved in it are far less grim than memorials for the First World War.…

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General Charles Lee (Hamilton 22)

Until I read Philbrick's Valiant Ambition, I hadn't realized how much dissent there was among American generals during the Revolutionary War. The fact that they managed to cooperate long enough to defeat…

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Young Philip (Hamilton 21)

I'd meant to write on the Battle of Monmouth this week, but I'm skipping ahead a bit, to the song after "Yorktown," because it's a perfect Father's Day song. Not bad…

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Hamilton Asks for a Military Command (Hamilton 20)

Alexander and Eliza were married in December, 1780 (see last week's post). A month earlier, with the prospect of a wife and family to support, Hamilton wrote to George Washington…

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Frishmuth’s The Vine (Metropolitan Museum Favorites, 11)

My Innovators in Sculpture tour starts at Frishmuth's The Vine, one of my favorite sculptures in the Metropolitan Museum of Art - and a great example of how far sculptors had…

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Alexander and Eliza Engaged (Hamilton 19)

"Employ all your leisure in reading" By early July 1780, Alexander and Eliza had been engaged for several months. (For Alexander's list of requirements for a wife, his letter to sister…

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Tappan Zee Progress

I posted in April on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Here's an update: pics from the end of May 2016, taken from the bridge rather than the viewing platform on…

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