The History Press is pleased to introduce the new title:
New Brunswick and the Civil War
The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion
Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi
At the beginning of the Civil War, New Brunswick was positioned at the transportation and manufacturing hub of New Jersey. Many of the city’s young men exchanged manufacturing equipment for rifles, and those whom they left behind witnessed the war through letters from their sons, brothers and husbands. Patriotism, a longing to earn more money and adventure lured these “Brunswick Boys”—close friends and coworkers—to enlist. Their recollections offer insights into everyday life in New Jersey during the war—New Brunswick’s factory system, education and medicine. These letters also reveal their struggles to survive amid battles and close encounters with death that so many soldiers faced, as well as their difficult transition back to civilian life. Local author Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi presents the fascinating stories of New Brunswick and the Civil War, gleaned from the letters of those who experienced it.
October 15 at 6:30 p.m. @ Roselle Park Library (404 Chestnut St, Roselle Park, NJ 07204)
October 27 at 2 p.m. @ Somerset Historical Society (9 Van Veghten Drive, Bridgewater, NJ 08807)
October 21 at 7 p.m. @ New Brunswick Historical Society (58 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick NJ 08901)
Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, a former journalist, is a history aficionado. Serving as a trustee of the Union County Historical Society, she currently chairs the county’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit and is the author of several pamphlets and calendars detailing the history of the region. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, she loves the rich history of the area and its people. She serves as the county clerk of Union County and is a former mayor of her hometown.