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NJ Civil War Flag Rotation
Historic New Jersey Civil War Flags on Display At The State Museum In Trenton Until December 2022 Personal Items of General Robert McAllister of the 11th NJVI Exhibit Extended 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, July 16, 2022. The flags gallery exhibit area is located at the right rear of the main first floor of the museum. This is the second flags unveiling in the past three years. Unveilings were suspended from 2019 to mid- 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Current museum policy is that face masks are optional but suggested in close contact situations. As an added bonus to this new rotation within the Flag Gallery, the personal items that belonged to Gen. Robert McAllister of Belvidere which he carried into the field during the Civil War will remain on display. McAllister is most known for commanding the 11th New Jersey Infantry in 1862-1864 and for leading the old Second New Jersey Brigade in the last year of the war. Items on display include McAllister’s sword, scabbard, sash, gloves and belt plate, which were recently donated to the State Museum, and also his kepi and a piece of shrapnel that was fired into the 11th’s line at Chancellorsville, which are on loan. In honor of General McAllister, two of the flags will be the national colors of the 11th Infantry and his personal headquarters flag in 1864-1865, which was flown at his funeral Another battle worn flag in this group is the national flag of the 7th NJ Regiment Infantry, which saw heavy action at 2nd Bull Run and Gettysburg. Also in this group is the national flag carried by the 22nd NJ Volunteer Infantry in 1862-1863. This regiment was recruited out of Bergen County. The fifth flag in this unveiling is one of the most controversial flags in the collection. Nicknamed “the flag with the big red 3,” it served as a regimental designating flag in 1862 and then was probably recycled as the headquarters flag of the Second New Jersey Brigade, Army of the Potomac, in 1863-64. 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 December 2022, when a new group of flags will be put on display.
Colonel Robert McAllister 11th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry 7th NJVI National Flag 22nd NJVI National Flag
What: New Jersey Civil War Flag Exhibition Unveiling and Flag Lecture Where: NJ State Museum, Main Building, South Gallery, 2-5 West State Street, Trenton, NJ Cost: FREE, Open to the Public, No Reservations Needed
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075