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NYC’S Greatest Diarist Dishes on the Civil War

August 11, 2021 , 6:00pm 7:00pm

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In just four years, the Civil War shaped the United States in a way that no other war has. And who better to dish about what happened in New York City than George Templeton Strong? Once a well-connected lawyer and a trustee of both Trinity Church and Columbia College (but also a man who reflected the racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices of his time), he is now perhaps best known for the extensive private diary (never actually intended for publication) that he kept from 1835 until his death in 1875. Strong’s writings detail the turbulent state of a country at war, from the years leading up to the conflict through the tragic aftermath. Matt Dellinger, writer and student of history, will join Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman to discuss Strong’s candid observations and dive deep into his unique insider’s view of the Civil War, touching upon individuals and stories deeply connected to Green-Wood’s own history. 

Matt Dellinger has written for The New Yorker, the Oxford AmericanThe New York Times, and The Atlantic, and has reported on transportation and planning for WNYC. He is the author of Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway and is at work on his second book, about Brooklyn in the Civil War.

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This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.

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