A New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association subcommittee
Discover the role of your town in the most significant event in American history – the great Civil War that determined whether our country would survive as a free and united nation
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- Robert J. Fridlington Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Kean University
John Reuchlin Myrick Contents 1930 United States Federal Census William Henry Racey Cranford Civil War Veterans
Fort Wagner, SC, Cranford NJ resident John R Myrick fought here and detailed in “Discover Your Community’s Civil War Heritage”
"This   book   is   beautifully   written,   scholarly   and   tightly organized.   It   also   serves   as   a   handbook   for   using   a computer   to   perform   historical   research.   I   am   mightily impressed, and I am sure others will be, too."
New Jersey Civil War Heritage Assn PO Box 442, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 Info@njcivilwar.org
New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial 150 2011                                                                                2015 New Jersey
Discover Your Community’s Civil War Heritage Published by the NJ Civil War 150 Committee of NJCWHA
 Civil War 150 Committee
This    book    from    New    Jersey    Civil    War    Sesquicentennial    Committee provides   important   research   assistance   and   guidance   to   local   historians and genealogists. Discover    Your    Community's    Civil    War    Heritage,    by    Steven    D.    Glazer,    is    the Committee’s   latest   publication.   The   62-page,   8   1/2-by-11-inch-format   book   serves as   a   comprehensive   and   up-to-date   manual   for   those   wishing   to   research   the stories   of   their   own   community’s   Civil   War   veterans.   It   will   appeal   to   a   wide   range of   readers,   including   local   historians,   educators,   genealogists,   grant   writers   and journalists. After   asking   local   historians   how   many   Civil   War   veterans   had   lived   in   Cranford Township   (established   in   1871),   and   receiving   only   one   or   two   names   in   response, Glazer   began   to   investigate   the   subject   himself.   He   eventually   came   up   with   over eighty   Cranford   residents,   many   of   them   local   officials,   who   had   fought   in   the   war or   otherwise   had   a   material   connection   to   the   momentous   events   of   the   era.   He discovered   that   Cranford   was   even   home   to   a   former   Confederate   colonel,   who lived   there   with   his   family   while   he   designed   the   foundation   and   pedestal   for   the Statue   of   Liberty   in   New   York   Harbor.   Other   Cranford   residents   had   interesting connections   with   Abraham   Lincoln;   one   helped   foil   the   first   assassination   plot against    Lincoln,    while    another    was    present    in    Ford’s    Theatre    the    night    the president was fatally shot. Uncovering   the   deeds   of   New   Jerseyans   of   the   Civil   War   era   provides   a   way   to honor   their   memory   as   well   as   establish   local   connections   to   the   transformative national   events   of   150   years   ago.   Among   many   other   positive   results,   the   process of   identifying   and   studying   a   town’s   Civil   War   heritage   can   expand   interest   in   local   history,   promote   heritage   tourism, support historic preservation efforts and incorporate Civil War connections into Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations. This   unique   guide,   conveniently   produced   in   ring-binder   format   for   easier   use,   details   the   research   approaches   and   numerous historical   sources   the   author   employed,   with   a   particular   emphasis   on   leveraging   the   power   of   the   Internet.   And   unlike   any   other available   publications,   this   one   provides   a   clear   road   map   for   discovering   any   New   Jersey   town’s   Civil   War   heritage,   including   the identity   of   veterans   who   lived   there.   It   is   also   an   indispensable   tool   for   individuals   exploring   their   family’s   Civil   War   connections. Although specific to the Garden State, the book’s instructions and sources are readily applicable elsewhere.
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