The New-York Historical Society’s collection of more than one million Civil War objects has brought the Civil War to life for historians, scholars, students, and museum visitors. This month, it is our good fortune to share fifty of those objects with a much larger audience thanks to the publication of The Civil War in Fifty Objects (Viking) by Harold Holzer—Lincoln historian and our first Roger Hertog Fellow—and the New-York Historical Society, featuring an introduction by Eric Foner.
This acclaimed new book is the centerpiece of an ongoing series of installations opening at the New-York Historical Society in June. Visitors will see a daguerreotype of Caesar, a former slave who lived in New York until the age of 115; a pike abolitionist John Brown had made in preparation for his raid on the U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry in 1859; Ulysses S Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox; and much more.
Join us on May 13 as we celebrate the publication of this book with a signing by Harold Holzer.