STATE — Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, a trustee of the Union County Historical Society, has authored a new book entitled, “New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion.”
‘New Brunswick and the Civil War’ chronicles experiences of the “Brunswick Boys,” young men from the Garden State who were driven to enlist by patriotism, a desire to earn money and longing for adventure.
Rajoppi will discuss her 192-page volume and the historical research behind it at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library, located at 404 Chestnut Street, in Roselle Park.
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.
According to Rajoppi, the “Brunswick Boys” letters offer a vivid account of life during the war, their struggles to survive, as well as their difficult transition back to civilian life.
Rajoppi previously authored “Women in Office: Getting There and Staying There by Joanne,” which was published in 1993.
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