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'The Civil War's Impact on NJ' exhibition, runs through June 7th

Detail of a sketch of the Sixth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers Leaving Jersey City R.R. Depot, to Defend the Capitol, at Washington D.C., April 18, 1861. Printed in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper p. 373. Courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives of the Rutgers University Libraries.

Though the battlefields were many miles from our borders, the bitter struggles of the Civil War struck scores of families in the Garden State.

Special Collections and University Archives' exhibition Struggle Without End: The Civil War's Impact on New Jersey, goes beyond the military story to show the effects of the Civil War on the culture and society of the state. The exhibition highlights rare and unique items from Rutgers' collections, including letters from the front, diaries of soldiers and civilians, political tracts, and artifacts.

This exhibition opened in September 2012 and will run through June 7th.

Special Collections and University Archives holds the largest collection of manuscripts and contemporary publications documenting New Jersey and the Civil War in the United States. Among the objects displayed in the exhibition are field maps and drawings by Washington Roebling, the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge; a diary and cap belonging to Ellis Hamilton, a young officer killed at Spotsylvania Court House; and a Civil War-era surgeon's kit.

For more information about the exhibition and programs, please contact Fernanda H. Perrone, exhibitions coordinator, at 848-932- 6154 or

This exhibition and public programs are made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations in these presentations do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

New Jersey Council for the Humanities
New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Posted May 13, 2013