• Officers at Fort Jay, 1912.

    Governors Island

    National Monument New York

Civil War 150th Anniversary

Castle Williams Casemate in the Civil War

A rendering of a casemate in Castle Williams as it appeared in the early 19th century

The approaching 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (2011-2015) offers the current generation of Americans a most important opportunity to know, discuss, and commemorate this country's greatest national crisis, while at the same time exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century.

In preparation for the Sesquicentennial, the National Park Service-through the collective efforts of the superintendents at Civil War-related parks- has undertaken a multi-faceted, multi-year, integrated program that will simultaneously transform and improve interpretation of the Civil War. Please check out the links below to learn more about this crossroads of the American story and how our park will be offering programs to support it.


Castle Williams and the Civil War

Civil War Enlistment

Irish Soldiers in the Union Army

Did You Know?

Author Janet Lambert and books she wrote while living on Governors Island.

Janet Lambert (1893-1973) was a military wife for over 30 years, and an actress and author of 54 books of young adult fiction for girls in the 1940s and 50s. She wrote about the lives and the coming of age choices between career or family by daughters of U.S. Army families during World War II and the Korean War-era. She wrote many of her books while living on Governors Island.