UNION – An eyewitness account of the Battle of Fredericksburg is vividly described by young Pvt. John P. Hamilton in a letter to his mother in New Brunswick. Union County Clerk, author and historian Joanne Rajoppi, who discovered this letter and 90 others, will speak at a public program presented by the Union County Section, National Council of Jewish Women and the YM-YWHA of Union County on Tuesday, May 22.
The program, “The Civil War and New Jersey: The Brunswick Boys” will take place at the Y, 501 Green Lane, Union at 7:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend.
Her discovery of this letter penned by her great grandfather, and 90 others written during the Civil War, led Joanne Rajoppi to write “The Brunswick Boys,” the story of 18 young men who were John’s friends and who went to war with him. She juxtaposes this account of her great grandfather’s war experiences against daily life in New Brunswick, illuminating the impact of the distant war on a specific town in New Jersey.
Rajoppi, the first woman to serve as County Clerk in the 151-year history of Union County, was elected in 1995. An avid historian, she served a Chairwoman of the Court House Centennial Anniversary Committee in 2005, as a member of the 2007 Union County 150th Anniversary Committee and is currently Chairwoman of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. She also is the recipient of two awards from the National Federation of Press Women, one for a brochure entitled “A History of the Union County Courthouse Complex” and the second for the “2008 Union County Presidential Election Calendar.” She is the author of the award-winning book, “Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There.” Rajoppi is a member of the Union Township Historical Society and a trustee of the Union County Historical Society.
Union County Section, NCJW will hold a short business meeting preceding the meeting. For information concerning NCJW, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions to the YM-YWHA, call 1-908-289-8112.
The National Council of Jewish Women is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideas into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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