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CCC Presentation to Highlight New Jersey's Role in Civil War


The American Civil War spanned five years and spawned battles in 18 states and the District of Columbia, with the Battle of Gettysburg perhaps the best known. Though the name of a small town in southern Pennsylvania, the word “Gettysburg” represents three crucial days in the war and, ultimately, a turning point in American history.

Less well known is the part New Jersey troops played in these decisive days. Camden County College’s Center for Civic Leadership and Responsibility will reveal the role of New Jerseyans in the Battle of Gettysburg when it presents a lecture by Civil War historian and author David G. Martin. The New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring this event to honor and commemorate the Garden State’s service at Gettysburg.

Martin’s talk, “New Jersey at Gettysburg,” will be given at 7:30 p.m. June 5 in Civic Hall. The venue is located inside the Connector Building of the Blackwood Campus at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township. Parking is free, off-road and plentiful.

Martin, whose New Jersey at Gettysburg Guidebook recently was published by the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, will describe the impact New Jersey troops made at Gettysburg battle sites such as Peach Orchard, Devil’s Den, Wheatfield and Cemetery Ridge. He also will discuss the key role they played in repelling attacks by Confederate leaders Gen. George Pickett and Gen. James E.B. “Jeb” Stuart. Further details about his talk are available at

This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Teachers who attend may earn New Jersey professional development credit.

To reserve a seat, call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4333, or email

Published: May 30, 2013