June 30: John Henry Coster

June 30: On this date in 1862, Captain John Henry Coster of Company F, 1st New York Infantry, was severely wounded in the jaw and captured at Glendale, Virginia; he was held at Libby Prison in Richmond for several weeks before being released.

June 28: Property Agreement

June 28: In 1838, on this date, Green-Wood Cemetery signed an agreement with six farm owners, Wycoff, Schermerhorn, Sackett, Ibbotson, Dean, and Bergen, to purchase their property–175 acres–for a “rural burying-ground.”

June 27: William Tew Partridge

June 27: On this date in 1862, Captain William Tew Partridge of the 5th New York Infantry, after fighting heroically, was shot through the heart and killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill.

Discovering Green-Wood’s Architects

Over my years, I have learned that often one thing leads to another. That happened again recently. A few months ago I purchased a carte de visite photographic portrait on the front of which was written, “Alexr. Saeltzer. Archt.” I recognized that name as that of a 19th-century New York City architect (who designed the … Read more

June 23: James Renwick, Jr.

June 23: Architect James Renwick, Jr., who designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grace Church, as well as Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Castle and Renwick Gallery, died on this date in 1895.

June 22: Alexander Forbes

June 22: Lieutenant Alexander Forbes, dispatched by New York City’s Council to retrieve the bodies of New York soldiers who had died and been buried in Mexico, did so, only to die of disease in New Orleans, on his way back, on this date in 1848.