One hundred and fifty years ago today the 69th New York returned to New York City after the disaster at Bull Run.  On November 11th of this year the regiment returns to New York again in the form of the Louis Lang painting Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment, N.Y.S.M. from the Seat of War.  The painting was lost just after the Second World War and had deteriorated significantly before being rediscovered in a New Jersey warehouse a few years ago.  The artist had given the painting to the New-York Historical Society in 1886 and the institution recently commissioned the Williamstown Art Conservation Center to restore the work to its proper condition.  Art Conservator, the center’s periodical, has more on the restoration.  The New-York Historical Society is one of the hidden gems of New York City cultural life.  I am so looking forward to seeing it re-open later this year and to see, also, the return of this long lost art treasure.