Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn
Between 1861 and 1865, over 30,000 men departed Brooklyn to fight in the American Civil War.
They left behind spouses, sweethearts, parents, children, siblings, and friends. Personal Correspondents: Photography and Letter Writing in Civil War Brooklyn examined how these Brooklynites remembered and communicated with each other, and how they chronicled the war on the home front and the battlefield. Featuring evocative letters and photographs from Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection, this exhibition brought to life Brooklynites’ everyday experiences during one of the nation’s most transformative eras.
Thursday, April 09, 2015 - Sunday, June 19, 2016