Friday, July 12, 2013

At Hamilton's tomb

Today I attended a remembrance service for Alexander Hamilton. Here was the scene at his tombstone at Trinity Church 209 years (minus about 45 minutes) after his death.

The graveside event was followed by a speech inside the church by author/historian Thomas Fleming, which was filmed by C-SPAN and focused on Hamilton's career achievements (rather than the duel). Fleming had many interesting points to make, including a suggestion that if New York had remained the U.S. capital, as Hamilton wanted, there would have been no Civil War. Fleming also had a couple of negative mentions of George Clinton, so there was a direct tie-in to my Clinton family research.