The Greenpoint Monitor Museum "Road Show"

St. Stanislaus Kostka School

January 23, 2006




Wladimir B. Krzyzanowski was born in Poland on July 8, 1824. He was a first cousin to Frederick Chopin, Poland's famous pianist. He fought in the 1848 Polish Revolt against Prussia. He fled Poland to avoid arrest and went to Hamburg, Germany. He sailed from Germany to the United States. Krzyzanowski worked as an engineer and surveyor in the State of Virginia and was instrumental in pushing America's railroads westward. While in Washington, D.C., he enlisted as a private just two days after President Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers. He recruited a company of Polish immigrants which was one of the first companies of Union Soldiers. Krzyzanowski moved his company to New York and enlisted more immigrants. He soon became a Colonel of the 58th Infantry Division which was listed in the official Army Register as the "Polish Legion." He participated in many Civil War battles including Cross-Keys, Bull Run, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. President Lincoln promoted him to General.

After the war, he served as an administrator in the newly acquired territory of Alaska. He died on January 31, 1887. On the 50th anniversary of his death, October 13, 1937, his remains were transferred with military honors from Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York to Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast his tribute to Krzyzanowski on the radio, and Poland's President, Ignacy Moscicki, transmitted his tribute from Warsaw.

The above was taken from the Polish American Center of Philadelphia's website:

Click on the pictures below.

This fire engine runs by steam.  Water is heated in its boiler to create steam. (85kb) At the beginning of the Civil War the US Navy used wooden sailing ships.  They depended on the wind and their sails to move. (103kb) John Ericsson invented the USS Monitor.  It was built in Greenpoint during the Civil War.  John Ericsson convinced Abraham Lincoln that this ironclad ship could help save the Union. (91kb) ststans0506d.jpg (111kb)
The USS Monitor  helped  save the Union during the Battle between the Monitor and Merrimac.  This was the  first battle between two ironclad ships.  The USS Monitor stopped the Confederate ironclad from destroying the US Navy wooden ships.  The USS Monitor later sank during a storm.  She was discovered in 1973.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created a USS Monitor Sanctuary to protect the USS Monitor.  Parts of the USS Monitor have been brought up by scuba divers to save them for history.  This shirt was from one of these expeditions. (80kb) This was once the top of a Civil War flag pole.  It was an Ellsworth's Fire Zouave flag. (82kb) Which is the Union and which is the Confederate mascot?  How can you tell?  Sallie, the Union mascot is on the left.  The soldiers wore dark blue uniforms and they are carrying the American flag.  Stonewall, on the right, is a Confederate mascot.  The soldiers are dressed in gray and are carrying a Confederate flag. (70kb) OLD ABE the eagle  was the mascot of the Eight Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  He was in 37 battles.   (90kb)
John is signing up his new St. Stans recruits. (69kb) ststans0506k.jpg (80kb) ststans0506l.jpg (71kb) ststans0506m.jpg (58kb)
New sailor recruits.  Maybe they will serve on a new ironclad. (67kb) ststans0506o.jpg (74kb) ststans0506p.jpg (73kb) ststans0506q.jpg (72kb)
We found a Confederate soldier in a gray uniform in the class. (74kb) This recruit is ready for action. (143kb) Arthur sings a Civil War soldier's song. (87kb) This is Arthur's Great Grandfather who was in the Civil War. (82kb)
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again - Hoorah Hoorah (97kb) ststans0506x.jpg (87kb) ststans0506y.jpg (101kb) Looking for friends in Road Show pictures. (91kb)
ststans0506za.jpg (88kb) This is the Confederate ironclad that foughts against the USS Monitor.   It was once a Union sailing ship called the USS Merrimac.  Her sails were cut and she was covered with metal.  The Confederates called her the CSS Virginia.  She was destroying the Union's wooden naval fleet until the USS Monitor stopped her. (81kb)    


P.S. 110 - Learn About the USS Monitor
P.S. 161M - Learn About General Ulysses S. Grant
St. Stanislaus Kostka School - Learn About Gen. Wladimir Krzyzanowski (a Polish immigrant)
John Ericsson Junior High School - Learn About John Ericsson (a Swedish immigrant)
P.S. 34 - Learn About the Discovery of the USS Monitor
St. Cecilia School - Learn about Civil War Mascots
P.S. 31 - Learn about the Vivandiere, French Mary (a French immigrant)
St. Anthony of Padua School - Learn about Zouaves
P.S. 84 - Learn about Johnny Clem, children in the Civil War
P.S. 196 - Learn about the 54th Massachusetts & the Black soldiers of the Civil War

The Museum is not-for-profit with 501(c)(3) status.
FUNDING FOR THE 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 "Road Shows" WAS PROVIDED BY THE
Through a $50,000 Grant obtained by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez


P.O. Box 220378
Brooklyn, New York 11222-0378

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