NJ Civil War Flags on Display NJ State Museum Main Building, 205 West State Street, Trenton
What: New Jersey Civil War Flag Exhibition Unveiling and Flag Lecture Where: NJ State Museum, Main Building, 1st Fl, 205 West State St, Trenton, NJ When: Saturday, December 28th 2019 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost: FREE, no reservation required [TRENTON, NJ - December 22, 2019] - New Jersey contributed over 80,000 men to the Civil War and the New Jersey State Museum has over 100 flags carried by New Jersey’s troops in the war in its collection. Five of these historic flags will be unveiled in specially designed exhibit cases at the New Jersey State Museum located at 205 West State Street in Trenton at 10 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019. The flags gallery exhibit area is located at the right rear of the main first floor of the museum. The flags to be unveiled have not been on display for several years. Included will be the national colors of the 1st, 8th and 9th Infantry regiments, the state colors of the 7th Infantry regiment, and a rare divisional headquarters flag from the Second Division, Third Corps, Army of the Potomac, in which the famed Second New Jersey Brigade served. 1st New Jersey National Colors 7th New Jersey Infantry Regimental Colors 8th New Jersey Infantry National Colors 9th New Jersey Infantry National Colors 2nd Division, 3rd Corp Army of the Potomac Marker Each flag has it's own amazing story to tell: The national flag of the 9th Infantry is especially interesting because it suffered badly at the battle of Drury’s Bluff, Virginia, on May 16, 1864. Sergeant George Meyers bravely tore this flag from its staff and wound it around his body in order to be able pick up a musket and join the fight. He hid his flag under his coat to save it from capture, and when the fighting was over, he dropped his musket and remounted the colors on a stick. Organized by the New Jersey State Museum and the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, the unveiling event will feature an educational gallery walk by flag historian Dr. David Martin. He is currently preparing a detailed history of the State’s Civil War flags for publication. The exhibit was prepared by Nicholas Ciotola, Curator of Cultural History at the New Jersey State Museum, These flags will be shown until late June 2020, when a new group of flags will be put on display. For more information and details about these specific flags contact David G. Martin at dmartin@peddie.org
Albumen Print of Five Officers of the 9th New Jersey Infantry - JMMadden
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 Info@njcivilwar.com