Rare Opportunity To See Gettysburg Flags

(Images courtesy of New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee)

(Images courtesy of New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee)

TRENTON — To mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the most critical battle of the American Civil War, the New Jersey State Museum will open a special exhibit that includes five of the actual flags that were carried by New Jerseyans at the battle this week.

The special exhibit will be on display in the  New Jersey State Museum Gallery located at 225 West State Street in Trenton (corner of State & Calhoun Streets), beginning at noon on Wednesday, June 26. It will include national colors of the 3rd, 8th and 13th Infantry regiments, the state color of the 5th Infantry, and the newly re-identified headquarters flag of Col. George Burling’s Second New Jersey Brigade, all which flew 150 years ago at the Battle of Gettysburg. Some of these flags have not been on display for decades because of their fragility.

In conjunction with the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, the gallery also features a rotating mini-exhibition including civil war firearms, equipment, photographs and military documents from the New Jersey State Archives and private collectors. The current display features New Jersey individuals and units that fought at the 1863 battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Salem Church and Gettysburg.
To learn more about New Jersey’s role in the Civil War, visit www.njcivilwar150.org. For more information about the State Museum, visit http://www.nj.gov/state/museum/index.html

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