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NYS Museum exhibit looks at New York’s role in Civil War

This cross-stitched potholder celebrated President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It is part of the exhibition “An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War” at the New York State Museum. (photo: Courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society)
This cross-stitched potholder celebrated President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It is part of the exhibition “An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War” at the New York State Museum. (photo: Courtesy of the Chemung County Historical Society)
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The horror of the battlefield seldom made it north of the Mason-Dixon Line during the Civil War, but that doesn’t mean that the North, particularly the state of New York, came away from those four tragic years unscathed. “There were no battles fought here, but New Yorkers made a huge contribution on the battlefield, the political arena, and in the arguments and ideas that the war was fought over,” said Aaron Noble, a history collections ...


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