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Explore Lincoln's Path Through NY History

Begin exploring New York's top attractions related to Lincoln and the Civil War by clicking on the links below:

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1. Walt Whitman Birthplace  - Whitman volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War and wrote the mourning poem O' Captain! My Captain! after Lincoln's death 

 2. Brooklyn Navy Yard Center - Constructed warships during the Civil War for the Union Navy and refitted numerous vessels, most notably the armor-plated USS Monitor

 3. Cooper Union - 1859 school that hosted Lincoln in its Great Hall as an unannounced presidential candidate, where he gave his "right makes might" speech

 4. Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site - Six year old Theodore Roosevelt witnessed Lincoln's funeral procession here from a second floor window of his family's brownstone

 5. General Grant National Memorial - The largest mausoleum of its kind in the United States is the tomb of Lincoln's Civil War general-in-chief

 6. Lincoln Depot Museum - The crowd cheered President-elect Lincoln's words at the old Peekskill train depot in 1861 as the nation stood at the brink of war 

 7. West Point Academy -Training site of Union and Confederate army leaders, with the western hemisphere's largest public collection of military artifacts

 8. West Point Foundry Preserve - The Union Army used more than 1,700 cannons manufactured here, including the rifled Parrott gun, demonstrated for Lincoln during his 1862 visit

 9. Putnam History Museum -Features the world-renowned painting,"The Gun Foundry," by John Ferguson Weir and the Parrott Gun of Civil War fame

10. New York State Capitol - President Lincoln and, 20 years later, Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant lay in state in the Capitol

11. Burden Iron Works - This industrial complex, powered by the world's most powerful water wheel, made the hull armor for the ironclad USS Monitor

12. NYS Military Museum  - Exhibits include the world's largest collection of Civil War battle flags

13. Grant Cottage State Historic Site -In the final weeks before his death, President and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant came to this cottage to complete writing his memoirs

14. John Brown Farm State Historic Site - The home and grave site of the abolitionist best known for his 1850 raid on Harpers Ferry, and the famous folk song that immortalized his death

15. Gerrit Smith National Historic Site - Smith's home and other historic structures show how this abolitionist provided safe haven, support and employment for hundreds of escaped slaves

16. Matilda Joslyn Gage House - A stop on the Underground Railroad, and home of the anti-slavery advocate and women's rights leader

17. Seward House Museum - This home of Lincoln's confidant and Secretary of State has artifacts like the carriage he and Lincoln shared in Washington DC during the Civil War

18. Harriet Tubman Home - 26-acre site where Tubman, the Underground Railroad conductor known as the Moses of Her People, lived and died

19. Fort Hill Cemetery - The final resting place of Seward, Lincoln's Secretary of State; and Tubman, the famed Underground Railroad conductor

20. Mount Hope Cemetery - Dedicated in 1838 Mount Hope is the final resting place of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and women's rights leader Susan B. Anthony

 21. Niagara Falls State Park - Lincoln wrote an eloquent, unfinished meditation on the Falls, which he visited in 1848 and 1857