New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion

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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 co-workers--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.
ISBN: 9781626191747
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: Civil War
Images: 40
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Joanne Rajoppi is a former journalist and current trustee of the Union County Historical Society. She chairs the county's Civil War Sesquicentennial Exhibit and has authored several pamphlets on regional history. She is also the County Clerk of Union County and a former mayor of her hometown.