Civil War Era Walking Tour of NYC

New York City, New York, USA
Civil War Era Walking Tour of NYC
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  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide
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What was America’s Civil War really about? Embark on a thought-provoking 2-hour walking tour through the streets of Manhattan, discussing the accepted reasons for the war as well as more controversial theories about why it was fought with your group of fellow participants and expert guide.

Set out from Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan to Tweed Courthouse in City Hall Park on this walk through history, asking such questions as “Was President Lincoln truly motivated by a desire to save the nation, or did he vastly overstep his Constitutional powers?” “How influenced was he by the great financial interests of his time: railroads, industry and finance?”

Along the way you’ll step back in time to experience 19th Century New York, a city of immense wealth and devastating poverty; a city on the verge of war. Learn about how the Peace Democrats, War Democrats, Republicans and Tammany Hall jockeyed for political power without regard to where it would lead the country or the people of the city while discovering some of Manhattan’s architectural landmarks. Hear stories about controversial New Yorkers like Horace Greeley and Fernando Wood who stood by their beliefs in the face of opposition, and listen as your guide describes NYC’s surprising and conflicted role in America’s most devastating war.


  • Start on Broadway: The main street of 1800s New York, it was a dividing line between rich and poor.
  • DelMonico's Restaurant: America’s first continental style restaurant (1824) and regular meeting place of some of NYC’s most wealthy and powerful. Tammany politicians and wealthy businessmen were regulars. We’ll talk about Dan Sickles and August Belmont.
  • Wall Street: The city’s money men were more than happy to profit on the war. The NY Stock Exchange expels its gold traders for singing “DIXIE” on the trading floor. JP Morgan begins his rise to wealth and power.
  • Barnum's American Museum: Where the line snaked around the block to see the latest exhibits from the “darkest corners of the world”
  • Tweed Courthouse: Built by William Marcy “Boss” Tweed, it is an enduring monument to political corruption.
This tour uses a storytelling format from start to finish and the use of authentic documents to illustrate the events. You will feel like an observer to the events as they happened.


  • Expertise of a local guide
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers — subject matter isn’t suitable for most children
  • Enjoy plenty of places to sit while listening to the stories of old New York as you go. There are also restrooms en route

Meeting Point

Bowling Green, Museum of the American Indian
Departure Time:
10am or 12pm, depending on the date.

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Return Details:
City Hall Park


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