was the site of many important Civil War
also played an important part in the war. Henry Ward Beecher
“auctioned off” slaves at the Plymouth Church, raising the money to free them. Walt Whitman
reported news of the war in a Brooklyn paper and wrote some of his most famous works. At the same time, Brooklyn both grappled with and embraced unique challenges, from the arrival of new immigrants to the formation of one of the nation’s first baseball teams. Local historian Bud Livingston crafts the portrait of Brooklyn in transition—shaped by the Civil War while also leaving its own mark on the course of the terrible conflict.
Manhattan Borough is essentially the Island of Manhattan, site of New Amsterdam and the commercial center of New York City. Brooklyn occupies the west end of Long Island and before its incorporation into New York City was America's fourth largest city in the 1890 census. Walt Whitman was an American poet of the mid nineteenth century, best known for his work, Leaves of Grass. Henry Ward Beecher was a Congregationalist minister, a leading abolitionist, and the brother of author Harriet Beecher Stowe. American Civil War lasted from the bombardment of Fort Sumter in 1861 to the surrender of the Confederacy in 1865.