Camp of the 4th New Jersey Regt, Harpers Weekly June 29, 1861
New Jersey Civil War Museums
New Jersey State Archives225 West State Street Trenton, NJ 08608-1001http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/The New Jersey State Archives houses an extensive collection of wartime and post-war records relating to the state's volunteer regiments. The State Archives holds almost 380 cubic feet of Civil War-related records created or collected by the offices of the Adjutant General, Treasurer, and Secretary of State. http://www.state.nj.us/state/darm/links/civilwargrant.htmlCivil War Flag Collection of NJNew Jersey Department of State State Museum of New JerseyNew Jersey Department of State Building Galleries 225 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey (corner of Calhoun and State Streets) http://www.nj.gov/state/museum/dos_museum_exhibit_civil-war-flags.htmlVisiting Hours: Open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm except on state holidays. Admission Free The New Jersey State House Flag Collection consists of 191 flags, 132 of which are from the Civil War era. In October 2000, the Civil War flags stable enough for display were moved to their present location in the Department of State Building. Five are shown at one time, and flags are periodically rotated on display. The exhibit is enhanced with illustrated narrative on the role of New Jersey and its citizens in the Civil War, as well as some artifacts of the era. National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey at Sea GirtNew Jersey Division of Military and Veteran Affairs Sea Girt National Guard Training Center Sea Girt Avenue and Camp Drive Sea Girt, New Jerseyhttp://www.state.nj.us/military/museum/Visiting Hours: Open to the public on the following schedule: Winter: October 1 -- April 30: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and first and third weekends 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Summer : May 1 – September 30: Monday through Friday, and first and third weekends, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. For further information, including guided tours, call 732-974-5966, Museum store on premises, Admission Free The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state, using original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, paying particular attention to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience. The museum’s Civil War exhibit, has expand for the 150th anniversary, and now includes a “Visualizing History: A New Jersey Civil War Camp” as well as artifacts and weapons used by New Jersey soldiers of the era, enhanced by the New Jersey related artwork of renowned Civil War artist Don Troiani and explanatory narrative on the role of New Jerseyans in the war. A highlight of the museum’s collection is the “Intelligent Whale,” a Civil War submarine built in Newark, New Jersey. One of only six Model 1857 “Napoleon” cannons is on display with a replica carriage in the main gallery, This is the only period artillery piece on museum display in the state. Grand Army of the Republic & Sons of Union Veteransof the Civil War MuseumGeneral James A. Garfield Camp151 Eggert Crossing Road Lawrenceville, New Jerseyhttp://ftp.genlyon.addr.com/inder.html/museum.htmVisiting Hours: Open to the public on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and for special events and tours. For further information, including tours, call 609-530-6907 Admission Free The museum is located in the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory. Its collection of original artifacts, including an 1861 flag of the 3rd Militia Regiment, muskets, swords, bayonets, ammunition, canteens, accoutrements, uniform buttons, shoes, prison camp and battlefield relics and cooking equipment, as well as documents, artwork, memorabilia and veteran reunion medals, GAR Allied Orders encampment badges and ephemera, was originally assembled by members of the New Jersey posts of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the Union veterans’ organization and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. The museum also maintains an extensive Civil War Library. It is currently administered by the Sons of Union Veterans, an organization of descendants of those who fought in the Union army, navy, marine corps and revenue cutter service during the Civil War. Camp Olden Civil War Round Table MuseumThe Civil War and Native American Museum John Abbott Farm 222 Kuser RoadHamilton, New Jerseyhttp://www.campolden.org/ Open to the public on the second and third weekends of every month, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. School trips by arrangement. For further information, including school tours, call 609- 585-8900 Museum store on premises Admission Free Exhibits at the Camp Olden Museum, co-located with the Native American Museum, include uniforms, weapons, equipment and material relating to the experience of the common soldier in the Civil War. The museum has a gift shop with many Civil War and some Native American books and period related items, including CDs, videos, novelties and other interesting items. Vineland Historical Society Museum108 South Seventh Street Vineland, New Jerseyhttp://www.vinelandhistory.org/ http://www.lyoncamp.org/ Open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 pm -- 4:00 pm. For further information, call 856-691-1111. Tours available by appointment. Admission free but donations welcomed A Grand Army of the Republic veterans’ organization exhibit is maintained by the Lyon Camp, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, in the Vineland Historical Society museum. A room dedicated to the Lyon Post #10 GAR is set up in the manner of a 19th century GAR meeting hall. The room contains many of the furnishings of the original post including the secretary’s desk and bookshelf which still holds much of the Lyon Post’s original correspondence. The holding also includes a number of the post’s original records and library, including its Minute books, Descriptive Book, Personal War Sketch book, New Jersey Department Encampment reports, regimental histories and many other titles. Also on display are a number of GAR badges and various artifacts donated by the post members, including rifles, backpacks, flags, hats and accoutrements. Gettysburg Museum of History219 Baltimore StreetGettysburg, PA 17325(717) 337-2035http://www.gettysburgmuseumofhistory.com/The Gettysburg Museum of History is FREE and a “must see” for anyone with an interest in Gettysburg – or American Military History and Politics. Curator Erik Dorr has amassed an impressive collection of 4,000 artifacts on display from The Civil War, World Wars and Political History and several New Jersey Civil War Items from Gettysburg including and the Lt Edwin R. Good 11th NJ Infantry collection who was severely wounded at Gettysburg.
Many museums in local historical societies around the state of New Jersey have a few Civil War objects in their collections or on display, but few are dedicated to explaining the state’s role in the Civil War through specific narratives and exhibits of significant artifact collections associated with the conflict. The following institutions are dedicated in whole or in part to those missions.
New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committeeis a subcommittee ofNew Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn, PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075Info@njcivilwar150.org