Museum offers up total Civil War picture

— Although Benedict Arnold lost that battle, Larry Arnold argued that battle delayed British reinforcements from Canada, in effect securing an American victory in the Revolutionary War. Arnold’s talk held his audience spellbound, and presented a picture of Arnold that was far different from what elementary history books taught.

Burns said there is a resurgence of interest in the past, and hopes that will hold true for the upcoming Civil War exhibit. Akey agreed.

“It’s a seminal event in New York’s history,” he said. “When you have nearly 50,000 New Yorkers dying, that makes it personal for a lot of people.”

Akey said the museum will prepare a series of education programs that will be available online and he hopes will be distributed to local schools to spur field trips to the museum. And if making it out the museum isn’t a possibility, there’s always the records at its website, nysmm.org.

“We have more information on New York Civil War regiments than any other place on the Internet,” Akey said. ”There is more material on the Civil War as well as the history of New York’s involvement in other wars than you can ever imagine.”

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