Thanks, Library of Congress

I am always looking for photographs of the 5,000 Civil War veterans and others who played a role in the war and are interred at Green-Wood. Their biographies went up on our website this past Memorial Day as a tribute to the men and women who sacrificed so much in defense of the Union. Those … Read more

Bronzes On Display

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

A Good Fit

I have long been fascinated with Thomas William Sweeny (1820-1892), who is interred at Green-Wood in section 163, lot 14257. He was quite a character. Born in County Cork, Ireland, he came to New York City at the age of 12. Within a few years, he was working there as a printer and had joined … Read more

December Birthdays

Here are some of Green-Wood’s permanent residents whose birthdays fall in the month of December: December 1, 1795: Gamaliel King, designed Brooklyn’s City Hall (now Borough Hall) and the original Kings County Courthouse (now demolished); born on Shelter Island; died in 1875. December 5, 1841: Marcus Daly, born in Ireland, immigrated to America as a … Read more