Mayor Koch.. Dead before he Died..
For whatever reason, Mayor Koch had purchased his cemetery plot and marker years before he died which is why you see it pictured here. No photoshop involved. On his grave are words from Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who before he died, said, "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish."
Mayor Koch had purchased the plot at Trinity Church Cemetery & Mausoleum located at 155 Street & Broadway Manhattan New York years before he knew he would actually die.
This Trinity Church is located uptown and should not to be confused with the downtown Trinity Church located at 79 Broadway Manhattan New York. The downtown Trinity Church yard contains the remains of Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, and Captain James Lawrence, as well as the remains of Horatio Gates whose exact location is unknown and bares no marker, similar to Francis Lewis who is also buried there, has a marker there, but exact spot is inaccurate. Who would have thought that the graves of theses American 'founding fathers' would lack detail, especially considering a famous landmark church such as Trinity.
At the uptown location where Mayor Koch will be buried are the remains of former NYC Mayor Fernando Wood who served during the American Civil War and provoked NYC to secede from the Union which led to the NYC Draft Riots.
Mayor Koch's administration is considered to be one of the most corrupt in NYC history along with Mayors Jimmy Walker and Fiorello LaGuardia so the Uptown Trinity Church location is ideal for a man of his character.
Okay Koch is dead.. maybe now the City of New York can change the name of the Koch Bridge back to the Queensboro Bridge or 59th Street Bridge to the Mayor Bloomberg Bridge.
Mayor Koch is dead.. he was dead before he died..
..but where are the remains of William "Lord Stirling" Alexander. Who is Lord Stirling?
The Battle of Long Island and GENERAL LORD STIRLING
Born in New York, 1726. Dying in Albany
Hero of the Battle of Long Island.. the location of his grave at the uptown Trinity Church is unknown.
The Battle of Long Island was the first battle of a western nation striking against a european king.
Here General Lord Stirling with only 2000 Americans fought the mighty General Grant with his force of 6000 British, which was to be the first stroke of the AMERICAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES's DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. At Greenwood Brooklyn there is a plague which states:
"This PLACE WHEREON One THOU STANDS IS HOLY GROUND".. recalling the poem by Sarah J. Day;
'Here and along the slopes of Greenwood's hills
our patriots for the first time faced their foe
in open field; and well we stood the test.
'Men!' cried Lord Stirling, as we formed our line,
"This Grant who comes against us once declared
in England's House of Commons — I sat there..
And heard — that given him five thousand men
He'd cross our continent from end to end!
He has his number now, I doubt not; we
a fourth as many, yet I promise you
he'll march no farther through our continent than Brower's mill ponds yonder."
General Stirling held General Grant in a hot engagement for a while at Greenwood and then made a quick retreat toward this strategic center and took up his position near the Old Stone House and in front of the mill ponds. Stirling ordered the main body of his force, comprising of the Delaware and Pennsylvania regiments, to retreat by wading and swimming across the Gowanus Creek and marshes into the night.
American lines were on the opposite side of the creek where Washington was stationed with the main army, but Stirling, like the Leonidas of old, kept with him on the fighting front the choice of his little army, The Maryland Regiment, numbering about 300 to 400 men, who would not retreat, but covered the retreat of other regiments, sacrificing themselves for American Liberty to the number of 2-3 hundred in violent and repeated assaults on the British under General Grant and Lord Cornwallis, who had now concentrated at this strategic point. Stirling was finally forced to surrender to this overwhelming force thrown against his right and left.
The British plan of battle was evidently to surround the little American army totaling nine thousand men with their overwhelming force of thirty thousand veterans, closing in, crushing, and capturing Washington and his entire army at their convenience thus ending the Revolution and the New Born Nation in one blow.
The carrying out of "Stirling's Vow," however, in the manner described, with the heroic work of the brave Maryland regiment, checked this dangerous British plan, thus saving Washington and his main army on the other side of the Creek and enabling him to make his masterly retreat two days later, which saved the young Nation at its very cradling, and at the most critical military situation ever existing in it's national history.
In the famous national shrine of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, on July 4,1776, fifty five leading patriots signed, in ink, the great Document which declared a free and independent Nation,with sublime principles of Liberty and Humanity for all; but,on the historic land above referred to, two to three hundred young heroes signed this Declaration in their blood and were the first to lay down their lives for the New Nation.
Surely, there is no more sacred and significant shrines where in this country than these two on the hills of Greenwood and the lowlands of Gowanus, which we have here allowed to be so strangely overlooked and forgotten as well as the remains of Lord Stirling which remain at an unknown location at Trinity Church.. Mayor Koch's future remains were known long before he died.. but no matter what bridge is named after a man who recites Daniel Pearl on his tombstone, he will never be the man recited by Sarah J Day on the Altar to Liberty at Battle Hill Greenwood Cemetery.