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:  Friday, June 28th 2019 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Cost:    FREE, no reservation required    [TRENTON, NJ - June 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 their specially designed exhibit cases on Friday, June 28th and some are of the most distinctive in the entire collection. These flags have not been on display for several years and include: 1st New Jersey Regimental Colors 12th New Jersey Infantry National Colors 25th New Jersey Infantry National Colors 38th New Jersey Infantry Regimental Colors C.S.A. 1st National Colors Each flag has it's own amazing story to tell: The 1st New Jersey flag dates to 1863 and was first carried into action during the Chancellorsville campaign, where it was pierced by a dozen or more bullets. This flag was probably also carried at Gettysburg later that year.   The 12th New Jersey flag was also carried at Gettysburg, where it had to be rolled up on the ground in order to escape being torn to pieces during the great Confederate artillery bombardment that preceded Pickett's Charge.   The most interesting flag of this group is a Confederate first National banner from 1861. New Jersey troops captured over twenty Confederate flags during the war, most of which have been returned to the Southern states. This is one of a few that we still have in our collection. It has a unique design and probably belonged to the 21st Virginia Infantry, being one of several Confederate flags that were captured by the 7th New Jersey Infantry at the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.   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. His most recent book, "Stars over New Jersey" (written with John Kuhl) contains biographies of all New Jersey's generals and admirals of the Civil War era. Dr. Martin is currently preparing a detailed history of the State's Civil War flags for publication with the assistance of New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association. The exhibit was prepared by Nicholas Ciotola, Curator of Cultural History at the New Jersey State Museum, These flags will be shown until late December, when a new group of other civil war flags will be put on display. For more information and details about these specific flags contact David G. Martin at dmartin@peddie.org
CDV of the 38th NJV Regimental colors during the Civil War - Chas M Stock, Photographer. La Port, IND, -JMMadden
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 Info@njcivilwar.com