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Green Wood Cemetery in Sunset Park

Our Greenwood Cemetery mixes history with the final resting place of the famous.


Entrance gate to Greenwood Cemetery, The second largest cemetery in the United States at 478 acres.The gate was completed in 1863 and designed by architect Richard Upjohn who also built Trinity Church in Manhattan is a New York City landmark.

 

Did you know that the Revolutionary War could have been won or lost right here in Sunset Park? Were it not for the heroic deeds of some patriots from Maryland the United States might not exist. Greenwood Cemetery right here in Sunset Park is where Battle Hill can be found. The highest point in Brooklyn at 220 feet above sea level is where the sacrifice of the Maryland 400 took place. Their sacrifice on August 27, 1776 Saved Washington's army in the Battle of Brooklyn and led eventually to the survival of the revolutionary forces and our independence. The Maryland regiment you see, bought time for Washington's army to retreat and fight another day.The day before on August 26, 1776 the Delaware Regiment of patriots fended off a much larger Brittish force and protected Washington's right wing. Today the spot is marked by a monument featuring a staue of the Godess Minerva that faces directly to her sister staue, the Staue of Liberty.


Minerva waves to her sister the staue of Liberty. The inscription reads: ""THE PLACE WHEREON THOU STANDEST IS HOLY GROUND" Glory to the memory of our first national heroes who fought and fell on this battleground to win our liberty and independence! Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom, Glory and Patriotism, here salutes the Goddess of Liberty and enwreathes this altar in tribute to the heroes of American Liberty and to the wisdom of American institutions."

The cemetery is also the burial place of many famous and infamous people. There are more than 600,000 souls interned there. Among those are Leonard Bernstein who is buried near Battle Hill. Others include Boss Tweed, Samuel F. B. Morse, Margaret Sanger, Joey Gallo, and Horace Greeley among others. For a more comprehensive list you can visit the cemetery's official site as well as the list here which is more comprehensive. A thread on a New York bulletin board devoted to the cemetery can be found here and is an intersting commentary and includes many photos. You will find additional photos taken by us below.


Monument to Civil War dead located on Battle Hill


Monument erected to commemorate the Dealaware regiment located at the 4th Avenue entrance to the cemetery.


Detail of Delaware regiment monument.

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