March 22: Actress Maggie Mitchell, who had been rumored to be a girlfriend of Lincoln-assassin John Wilkes Booth, and whose photograph was found in Booth’s wallet as he lay dying, died on this day in 1919.
This is a guest blog by Benjamin Feldman, a great Green-Wood and New York City enthusiast who is the author of “Butchery on Bond Street: Sexual Politics and the Burdell-Cunningham Murder Case in Ante-Bellum New York” and “Call Me Daddy: Babes and Bathos in Edward West Browning’s Jazz-Age New York.” Ben blogs at The New … Read more
March 21: Civil War officer Richard Auchmuty, who was brevetted colonel for gallantry at Gettysburg and who partnered with James Renwick Jr. as an architect, buried his amputated leg at Green-Wood on this date in 1893; he joined his leg at Green-Wood on November 3 of that year.
March 20: William Wall, who went from rope-maker to bank president (of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank) to congressman, was born in this date in 1800.
March 19: Civil War General Francis Baretto Spinola was born on this date in 1821. In 1886, he became the first Italian-American elected to Congress.
March 18: Henry Brockholst Livingston, Revolutionary War officer and Supreme Court Justice, died on this date in 1823.
March 17: On this date in 1848 the speedy clipper ship Rainbow set sail, captained by William Hayes on what he planned to be his last voyage before his retirement, bound for Valparaiso and China. The ship, captain, and crew were never seen or heard from again. Hayes’s cenotaph is at Green-Wood.
March 16: Charlotte Denman Lozier, physician and professor at the New York Medical College for Women, who campaigned for the right of women to vote, was born on this date in 1844.
On this date in 1921, Catherine Weldon, advocate for American Indian rights, who befriended Chief Sitting Bull and became his confidante and private secretary, died.
The Green-Wood Historic Fund recently lent a magnificent bronze of Civil War Brigadier General Thomas Sweeny to the exhibition, “American Heroes in Bronze: The Artwork of James E. Kelly,” at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum in Morristown, New Jersey. You will find more on Sweeny’s fascinating story, from an earlier blog post, here. As the museum … Read more