The Code of Civil Procedure of the State of New York: With All Amendments Thereto, Down to and Including Those Enacted in 1898, Fully and Exhaustively Annotated, Volume 3

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Three years ago, in celebration of the publication of The Union Preserved: A Guide to the Civil War Records in the New York State Archives, the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, a program of the New York State Education Department, held a two-day symposium featuring research by leading scholars on New York's role in the Civil War. The symposium brought together a broad spectrum of attendees from the Lincoln Forum, Civil War re-enactors, Civil War Roundtable members, students, local historians, educators, and history enthusiasts.

As the most populous state at the time of the Civil War, New York was central to winning the war. The state not only provided the most men and materiel, but was also the North's economic center as well as an important center of political and social activism. Inhabited by increasing numbers of immigrant groups, abolitionists, and an emerging free black community, New York's social and political environment was a microcosm of the larger social and political conflict being played out in the war. The symposium addressed these tensions by examining the role of women, blacks, Native Americans, and European immigrant groups in New York, particularly the various perspectives held by members of each group regarding the war effort.

The symposium examined the difficulties Abraham Lincoln faced in keeping New York favorable to his policies. It revealed the tremendous sacrifice New York made in the military campaign, as well as the treatment of Confederate soldiers at New York's Elmira Prison Camp. The State of the Union is a compilation of the papers presented at the symposium.

The essays included in the volume:

Housekeeping on Its Own Terms: Abraham Lincoln in New York, by Harold Holzer
The Volcano Under the City: The Significance of Draft Rioting in New York City and State, July 1863, by Iver Bernstein
What's Gender Got to Do With It? New York in the Age of the Civil War, by Lillian Serece Williams
In the Shadow of American Indian Removal: The Iroquois in the Civil War, by Laurance M. Hauptman
Above the Law: Abitrary Arrest, Habeas Corpus, and the Freedom of the Press in New York, by Joseph M. Bellacosa and Frank J. Williams
New York's "Andersonville: " The Elmira Military Prison, by Lonnie R. Speer
The Continuing Conflict: New York and the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, by Hans Trefousse

NEW YORK FIELD CODES SERIES Volume I. The Code of Civil Procedure of the State of New-York (1850) Volume II. The Code of Criminal Procedure of the State of New York (1850) Volume III. The Civil Code of the State of New York (1865) Volume IV. The Penal Code of the State of New York (1865) Volume V. The Political Code of the State of New York (1860) ABOUT THE SERIES In 1847 the New York state legislature established two committees, one to "reduce into a written and systematic code the whole body of the law of this state," another to "revise, reform, simplify and abridge the rules and practice, pleadings, forms, and proceedings of the courts of record of this State." Both included David Dudley Field, a leading proponent of codification. These committees produced codes of civil and criminal procedure in 1850, a political code in 1860 and civil and penal codes in 1865. All of these were written for the most part by Field. Popularly known as the Field Codes, they were very influential, both in the United States and internationally. The magnitude of the results of his labors can scarcely be overestimated. It might not be universally conceded that he was the greatest of contemporary advocates or even jurists; but that he exerted a greater influence in modifying and simplifying the judicial systems of the United States and England than any other man of his time, will hardly be denied. The world over, wherever the prevailing jurisprudence has had its origin in the English common law, the form and manner of conducting litigations and transacting the business of the courts are due to the influence of David Dudley Field. David Dudley Field 1805-1894] was the leading American proponent of codification during the nineteenth century. Born in Haddam, Connecticut, he was the son of the Rev. David Dudley Field, a distinguished clergyman and author, and the brother of Cyrus Field, the financier who laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean, Stephen Field, chief justice of the California Supreme Court and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Henry Field, a notable clergyman and popular travel author. A graduate of Williams College, he settled in New York City, where he studied law, was admitted to the bar and rapidly won a high position in his profession. Originally a Free-Soil Democrat, he played an important role in the establishment of the Republican Party in New York and supported the Lincoln administration throughout the Civil War. He returned to the Democratic Party in 1876 and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from January to March 1877, filling the unexpired term of Smith Ely, who had been elected mayor of New York City.
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