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    Contributions of the New York City Military and Famous New Yorkers Frederick Law Olmsted and Walt Whitman

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    A 5 page, two-part paper which examines the city’s significance in terms of naval power (including ship production, the launching of naval raids along the East Coast, and the development/production/sale of weapons technology), the use of Governor’s Island as an army high command headquarters as well as a military prison as well as the contributions of New Yorkers Frederick Law Olmsted and Walt Whitman to the Civil War effort. Bibliography lists 7 sources.

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    courageous militia units. From the early seventeenth century, even before there was a United States of America, shipbuilding became a significant enterprise for the City of New York.  It was not only important source of employment and commerce; it would later become a cornerstone of the fledgling US defense. The long history of New York City regiments  is filled with enthralling stories of people, ships and the thread of national pride that is interwoven throughout an impressive military tapestry of naval power that have been rivaled only  by a precious few. I. NYCs Significance in Terms of Naval Power Shipbuilding in New York City is actually believed to date back to around 1613 when a Dutch  explorer reportedly constructed a yacht on the Manhattan shores to replace his boat that had been burned (Albion and Pope, 1939). During the Revolutionary War, New York City became  a popular detainment location for prisoners of war, with public facilities and warehouses eventually being replaced by eleven ships moored on the Wallabout Bay that would later become notorious military  prisons (NY Maritime Culture from the Revolution to the Erie Canal, 2002). The New York City port was the third largest in colonial America and grew impressively after the  Revolution, with ship production centering on the East River (NY Maritime Culture from the Revolution to the Erie Canal, 2002; Albion and Pope, 1939). The early private New York  City shipyards were renowned for quality materials and workmanship that were unparalleled at the time (Albion and Pope, 1939). After the establishment of the US Navy, the federal government  officially opened the New York Naval Shipyard (which has become more commonly referred to as the Brooklyn Navy Yard) in 1801 (New York Naval Shipyard, 1999). It was initially 

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