With the season at Governors Island over and a few projects now behind me, I have set aside October to catch up on a few things, explore the city a bit, and do some reading for myself. Last week I downloaded Walter Stahr’s new biography, Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, to my kindle. I am increasingly interested in the decades just before and just after the war itself. You cannot understand the war without doing so. It is fascinating to see how the war changed our society. There is a significant difference between 1855 America and 1870 America. It’s the Civil War Era. I am also reading Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World. The Ike bio has been my subway read during my morning and evening commute. Two months ago I backordered David S. Hartwig’s To Antietam Creek: The Maryland Campaign of September 1862. When I got home this evening the package was there on the dining room table, the Hayfoot having brought it in from the mailbox. Campaign is the key word. This is the first of a projected two-volume set about the events of September 1862. After watching all the Antietam coverage a few weeks back and reading Brian Matthew Jordan’s Unholy Sabbath: The Battle of South Mountain in History and Memory, I have been eager to read the Hartwig book for some time.
Speaking of getting out, a friend and I are going to Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx this weekend. This fall and winter I intend to visit several cemeteries in New York and New Jersey. October and November are the best time of the year here in Gotham.