1862 Civil War poster from New York Historical Society (credit: New York Historical Society collection)
I’ve written here in this blog about my father, Jule Silverstein’s roots in Haverstraw, NY. In doing research on a series of posts I’ve written about my family’s history in the Hudson River Valley, I came across this wonderful poster (“The Rebellion, Its Cause and Cure”) which promotes: “A meeting for a free discussion of the Great Principle involved in the present War for the Union” to be held on September 24th  at the Wigwam, which I’d suspect was a tavern or bar of that time. I’d guess that this meeting would’ve been a recruitment session to encourage Haverstraw natives to join the Union army since several Union regiments included recruits from the village. Haverstraw and its environs played an especially important role in Revolutionary War history and this poster indicates that her sons continued to serve faithfully the Union cause.
My father was a social studies teacher at Haverstraw, and later North Rockland High Schools from 1954-1989. He especially liked American history and of course, local history. I share these interests. That’s why I so enjoyed finding this poster on the web.