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The Garden State has made innumerable contributions to our nation's military history, on both battlefield and homefront, but many of those stories remain hidden within the larger national narrative. Perhaps the most crucial one-day battle of the Revolution was fought in Monmouth County, and New Jersey officers engineered the conquest of California in the Mexican War. During the Civil War, a New Jersey unit was instrumental in saving Washington, D.C., from Confederate capture. In World War II, New Jersey women flocked to war production factories and served in the armed forces, and a West Orange girl helped ferry Spitfire fighters in England. War came home to the coast in 1942 with the sinking of the SS Resor" by a German submarine, but the state's citizens reacted by contributing everything they could to the war effort. Uncover these and other stories from New Jersey's hidden wartime history."
About the Author
Joseph Bilby served as lieutenant in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam and is the author/editor of more than three hundred articles and fourteen books on New Jersey and military history. He is a trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, publications editor for its 150th Anniversary Committee and assistant curator of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. James Madden has written for many Civil War publications, including the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He is a trustee of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association, the Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Jerramiah T. Healy Charitable Foundation for a Better Jersey City. Harry Ziegler worked for many years at the Asbury Park Press, New Jersey's second largest newspaper, rising from reporter to bureau chief, editor and managing editor of the paper. He is currently associate principal of Bishop George Ahr High School, in Edison, New Jersey, and has co-authored several books on New Jersey history.
Table of Contents
1 The First Shot 13
2 Kieft's War 19
3 Monmouth Courthouse 25
4 Paulus Hook and Gamp Jersey City: New Jersey's War of 1812 Command Center 33
5 The Jersey Boys Take California 40
6 A "Peculiar" History: The Tenth New Jersey Infantry in the Civil War 46
7 Jersey Boys to the Rescue 52
8 The New Jersey National Guard Grows Up: 1895-1921 61
9 Black Tom and Kingsland: The Jersey Mosquitoes Were Not to Blame 69
10 "Heaven, Hell or Hoboken" 79
11 On the Road to War Once More 92
12 "The Finest Thing I Have Seen": The Immortal Chaplain from Newark 101
13 The Greatest New Jersey War Myth 111
14 A Jersey Girl Goes to War 118
15 The War at Home 121
16 Senator McCarthy Pays a Visit to New Jersey 135
17 New Jersey's Nikes 142
Appendix: New Jersey Historic Military Sites and Museums Worth Visiting 153
About the Authors 173