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

Credits: Kenneth Simmons

February 25

(Snow date 3/11)

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

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with local author Joanne H. Rajoppi

2:00PM – 4:00PM

TKTS: members $10, in advance $12, door $15

Limited seating - adv. registration sug.

Light refreshments included

Dutch Door Gift Shop open

Info/tickets/directions:   732-463-8363


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

At the start of the Civil War, New Brunswick was positioned at the transportation and manufacturing hub of NJ. Young men swapped manufacturing equipment for rifles; those left behind witnessed the war thru letters from sons, brothers & husbands. Their letters offer insights into war’s daily life – revealing their struggles to survive, close encounters with death, & difficulty re-adjusting to civilian life.  (The History Press)

About the Author

Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, a former journalist, chronicled the military service of her great-grandfather during the Civil War in New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion, based on the letters he wrote to his family. She followed the story of the Hamilton women after the war with Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War: The Wives and Daughters of the Brunswick Boys. Both books will be available for purchase and signing by Ms. Rajoppi.

She is a contributor of Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors: Crossroads of the American Revolution, and also has authored several pamphlets and calendars detailing the history of New Jersey.  She is a trustee and officer of the Union County Historical Society.

An advocate for women running for office, she wrote Women In Office: Getting There and Staying.  Ms. Rajoppi is the former mayor of her hometown and currently serves as the Union County Clerk. 


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