Inside a small, crowded lecture hall on Governors Island, an officer from Company H, 119th New York Volunteers Historical Association, gallantly offers me his wooden field chair, setting me up for a fine and thorough introduction to the park's program on the New York City draft riots. Nearby, two women wearing full-length gowns and bonnets fan themselves against the late summer heat. A photograph of the unmistakable Edmund Ruffin—a Southern agriculturalist and staunch fire eater who is credited with firing the first shot of the Civil War—appears on a screen in the front... More >>>