A New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association subcommittee
Biographies of 150 New Jerseyans Caught up in the Struggle of the Civil War Including Soldiers, Civilians, Men, Women, Heroes, Scoundrels and a Heroic Horse
Rodman Price Cornelia Hancock Edwin D Ulmer Philip Kearny Harriet Tubman Willie McGee John Henry Lawson Samuel Gibbs French
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New Jersey Goes to War
Awarded the 2011 Non Fiction Reference Book by the NJ Studies Alliance Alliance
5 out of 5 stars, for excellent scholarship: "This book is so jam-packed with fascinating characters that it will entrain and enlighten even those who are not into the Civil War or military history. It's less about the battles and Generals and more a study of varied human beings who participated in this national trauma both directly and peripherally." - Garden State Legacy
New Jersey Goes to War is a must-read for anyone interested in local history or the Civil War. Editor Joseph Bilby has collected the biographies of 150 noteworthy New Jerseyans who participated in that great conflict, including heroes and villains, the famous and the forgotten. Favorite sons, including fearless Phil Kearny, are juxtaposed with schemers like Oliver “Pet” Halsted and his Intelligent Whale submarine. The bravery of common soldiers such as George Ashby is paired with the selflessness of nurses like Cornelia Hancock. Their stories and the others that populate this book make the Civil War come alive. Richard Veit, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of History and Anthropology, Monmouth University
“Discussions throughout the book,suggest potential avenues for further research, and ably show the Civil War complexities to a wider audience. This book is recommended to seasoned historians and novices alike." - Civil War News
With this book the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee demonstrates that exploring a great event through the lives of ordinary men and women helps history come to life. New Jersey Goes to War reveals the human side of the great struggle of 1861-1865 and is a must-read for anyone interested in that ever fascinating subject. Marc Mappen co-editor, The Encyclopedia of New Jersey
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New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial 150 2011                                                                                2015 New Jersey
New Jersey Goes to War Published by the NJ Civil War 150 Committee of NJCWHA
Civil War 150 Committee
The biographies have been submitted by a number of contributors, whose names are noted following each entry. Where applicable, sources for further information on an individual subject are noted in parentheses. Fuller citations are available in a brief selected bibliography of books, articles and manuscripts which will, in turn, often lead the reader to further sources. Internet citations provide complete access information. Joseph G. Bilby, Editor
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In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee has compiled brief biographies of New Jerseyans of the era, famous and obscure, whose lives were affected by the conflict and the events surrounding it. The representative sampling here is part of the total of 150 stories of soldiers and civilians, including heroes, scoundrels and ordinary folks just getting by, that will be published in book form in the near future. These are the tales of men and women of diverse races, religions and ethnic backgrounds, and the selections include enlisted men, officers, nurses, politicians, diplomats, manufacturers, merchants, writers, poets and artists who were born in or immigrated to our state and lived here before, during or after the war. When faced with the most climactic event in American history, the people of New Jersey’s Civil War generation became, whether they wished it or not, actors upon the historical stage rather than observers. Many of their lives were, indisputably, in the oft-quoted words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, graphically “touched with fire,” others less so, but all of them, for better or worse, would never be the same.