Thursday, June 6, 2013

New York History Releases a Special Civil War Issue

New York History, the New York State Historical Association's digital quarterly journal, has just released a brand new issue focused on New York in the Civil War. Given the state's role in the Union war effort - over 448,000 New Yorkers enlisted in the armed services and about 50,000 died - it's a fitting theme to explore. This is especially true as we near the 150th anniversary of a moment when the realities of war came home to the state: the New York City Draft Riots. On a personal note, I am excited and proud to say that my first published article, Love at War: The Civil War Courtship of John L. Hoster and Josephine Cole appears in this issue. The other articles look great, and I'm looking forward to giving it a read.

If you would like to check it out, the New York State Historical Association has graciously granted me the opportunity to offer my blog readers a limited-time opportunity to obtain a free copy of this issue. All you have to do is send an email request to, and they will email you a PDF copy. Here is the full table of contents:

"Editors' Introduction"
F. Daniel Larkin, Thomas D. Beal, William S. Walker

"Purveying Patriotic Pageantry: The Civil War Sanitary Fairs in New York"
Lorraine Madway

"Love at War: The Civil War Courtship of John L. Hoster and Josephine Cole"
Stephen H. Light

Book Reviews
Review Essay: Race in Nineteenth-Century New York City by Scott Nichols, including:
Peterson, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City

Hodges, David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City

Alexander, African or American? Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861
Books Reviewed
Spann, Gotham at War: New York City, 1860-1865, Reviewed by Thomas D. Beal
Dobak, Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops 1862-1867, Reviewed by Hari Jones
Seraile, Angels of Mercy: White Women and the History of New York's Colored Orphan's Asylum, Reviewed by Edythe Ann Quinn

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