The Civil War Experience on Show

"Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War,” by Louis Lang at the New-York Historical Society’s renovated building reopening on Nov. 11."

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2012

Current exhibitions celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. 

The Return of the 69th

On July 27, 1861, crowds massed along New York Harbor to welcome home New York’s 69th (Irish) Regiment returned from the First Battle of Bull Run. Though the battle was lost on the Union side, the regiment served with valor, despite the capture of Col. Michael Corcoran by the Confederates. In the painting by Louis Lang we see newsboys hawking portraits of Corcoran. General Thomas Meagher, who lobbied for the 69th to become the core regiment of his Irish Brigade, is seen on horseback.

The painting, 11 feet wide by 7 feet tall, has been reframed and carefully restored and is now a permanent fixture at the New-York Historical Society building, which reopened after extensive restoration work on November 11th.

The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. Tel:(212) 873-3400.


Jerseymen in the Civil War

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum has collaborated with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee in mounting a major exhibit, “Gone for a Soldier: Jerseymen in the Civil War,” to run from November 6, 2011 to July 1, 2012 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The two organizations are using their expertise and connections to private and institutional collections to bring together an unprecedented amount of memorabilia chronicling the experience of New Jersey and her soldiers in the Civil War. The museum offers lectures, book signings, and public programs to complement and enhance this major exhibit throughout the year. An exhibition catalogue is available. Look for program announcements and updates on the museum’s website and Facebook page.

For information: call the Museum weekdays at (973) 538-2404. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.

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