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In the American Civil War, flags guided troops into battle and served as patriotic emblems of honor and pride. Join flag historian Dr. David Martin and Cultural of Cultural History Nicholas Ciotola for the history of the flags to be unveiled in the newest rotation of the Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey exhibition.
In addition to five of the most story-rich flags in the entire collection, this rotation includes a new display of original pen-and-ink, watercolor drawings by a Union soldier who lost his right arm at the 1861 Battle of Bull Run and had to learn to use his left hand for all of his daily tasks – including his art. His drawings document an important post-war veterans reunion held in Deckertown (Sussex County). Also exhibited will be a Civil War field surgeon’s tools on loan from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.