Monday, January 23, 2012

U.S. Civil War Jerseymen Museum Exhibit in Morristown, New Jersey

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, in partnership with the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, presents a major exhibit, “Gone for a Soldier:” Jerseymen in the Civil War, which will be on view until July 1, 2012.

This exhibit commemorates the participation and heroism of Jerseymen in a major turning point in U.S. history, and will bring together nearly two hundred objects from the Civil War from nearly thirty museums, historical societies, and private collections.

Among the many objects in the exhibit illustrating the significance of Jerseymen’s actions in the Civil War is an 1862 bullet struck canteen, on loan from the Cape May County Museum. Also on exhibit is an 1863 wool Hussar jacket from the 3rd N. J. Cavalry on loan from a private collection.

The museum also holds the largest single collection of Thomas Nast original works in the United States. Among this collection are many of Nast’s drawings of Civil War subjects such as A Gallant Color-Bearer (Harper’s Weekly, September 20, 1862) and The Drummer Boy of Our Regiment in Action (Harper’s Weekly, December 19, 1863), which were generally thought to influence the course of the war.

For museum hours and additional details about this special exhibit, visit the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum web site. You may also want to purchase a copy of the full-color, 140 pg. catalog to the exhibit, “Gone for a Soldier: Jerseymen in the Civil War”.

The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey) preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs. The museum has its own connections to Civil War history. Lindley Hoffman Miller, son of U.S. Senator Jacob Miller and grandson of George and Louisa Macculloch, led the First Regiment of Arkansas Volunteers of African Descent. Commissioned as a captain in 1863, Miller shared his war experience through letters to his family, which are on special display at the museum through December 22nd.

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