March 31: Horatio Collins King

March 31: On this date in 1865, Major and Quartermaster of U.S. Volunteers Horatio Collins King earned the Medal of Honor near Five Forks, Virginia: “While serving as a volunteer aide, [he] carried orders to the reserve brigade and participated with it in the charge which repulsed the enemy.”

March 30: DeWolf Hopper

March 30: On this date in 1858, DeWolf Hopper, who made a career, starting in 1888, of dramatically reciting the classic baseball poem, “Casey At The Bat,” was born.

March 27: James Harper

March 27: On this date in 1869, James Harper, one of the Harper & Brothers of publishing fame (now HarperCollins), and who served as Know-Nothing New York City mayor, died.

We Have A Winner!

The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Lucy G. Moses Awards Committee has announced that the recently completed restoration project of the Green-Wood Cemetery Gatehouse at the Fort Hamilton Parkway entrance has been selected to receive a 2013 Preservation Project Award. Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, which worked on the restoration from 2010 to 2013, led by … Read more

March 23: Richard Anthony Proctor

March 23: Richard Anthony Proctor was born in England on this date in 1837. He became an accountant but then pursued his true love, astronomy, lecturing on it throughout the world. His gravestone at Green-Wood bears two stars.