New York Cannot Afford US Civil War Tribute

NEW YORK // New York provided more soldiers, factory work and even horses than any other state in the Union during the US Civil War, but has decided not to commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary because of budget deficits.  That is not sitting well with some who believe they have a duty to remember the war that nearly tore the country apart.

“One could say New York’s contribution to the war saved the Union and freed slaves,” said a state assemblyman and historian, Jack McEneny, a Democrat. “I feel in a sense it’s a moral duty of our generation to give thanks and recognition to those who kept the Union together and freed people out of slavery.”

Mr McEneny plans to introduce an amended version of a bill vetoed last fall by the former Democratic governor, David Paterson, to create a commission to recognise the sesquicentennial anniversary and promote historical tourism… read on!

via: The National


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