NJ Civil War Flag Rotation
Historic New Jersey Civil War Flags to be Unveiled in New Exhibit at the State Museum on July 6th New Jersey, a state that contributed over 80,000 men to the Civil War, holds a significant place in the nation's history. The New Jersey State Museum, a custodian of this rich heritage, proudly houses over 100 flags carried by New Jersey’s troops during the war. On the momentous occasion of July 6, 2024, five of these historic flags, each a testament to the valor and sacrifice of our ancestors, will be unveiled in specially designed exhibit cases at the New Jersey State Museum Flags Gallery located at 205 West State Street in Trenton at 10 AM. The flags to be unveiled have not been on display for several years. They will include the national colors of the 23rd and 33rd Infantry regiments , the state colors of the 3rd Infantry, a rare company guidon from the 1st Cavalry , and a rare early war national flag from a militia company called the “Hunterdon Blues.” The National flag of the 23rd Regiment to be unveiled is unique because it is labeled ”Yahoos,” a picturesque nickname given to the regiment for their rowdy behavior in camp early in the war. The exhibit's 3rd New Jersey Infantry flag is a unique presentation flag commemorating their role in the battle of Crampton’s Pass, Maryland in 1862. The 33rd Infantry was one of the few New Jersey regiments to do most of their fighting in the war’s western theater. 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, author of the award-winning New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook. Dr. Martin is currently preparing a detailed history of the State’s Civil War flags for publication. The gallery also features a rotating exhibition of Civil War-related photographs, sculptures, and related memorabilia. Nicholas Ciotola, curator of cultural history at the New Jersey State Museum, prepared the exhibits with the aid of members of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. These flags will be displayed until late December 2024, when a new group of flags will be added. For more information on flags lecture: Contact Dr. David Martin at dmartin@peddie.org or visit www.NJCivilWar.com
When: Saturday, July 6, 2024 with a NJ Flag Lecture from 10am to 11am Where: NJ State Museum, Main Building, South Gallery, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ Cost: FREE, Open to the Public, No Reservations Needed
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 Info@njcivilwar.com