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Contact: 1LT Jarrett Feldman
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey
PO Box 277
Sea Girt, NJ 08750-0277
Phone: 732-974-5966
Fax: 732-974-5984


The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey (NGMMNJ) is proud to announce that Westholme Publishing, Yardley, PA, has just published Assistant Curator Joseph Bilby’s new book, Small Arms at Gettysburg: Infantry and Cavalry Weapons in America’s Greatest Battle.

The three day battle of Gettysburg has probably been the subject of more books and articles than any other comparable event. There have been campaign histories, detailed studies of each army or branch of service, accounts of the fighting on one day or area of the battlefield, and the combat sagas of a particular brigade, regiment or individual soldier. Surprisingly, until this work, no one has analyzed the weapons used at Gettysburg in any great detail.  Small Arms at Gettysburg is the first in-depth look at the technology, training and tactical use of the small arms carried by Union and Confederate infantrymen and cavalrymen at the climactic battle.

This is Mr. Bilby’s eighth book.  His other work includes a number of works on New Jersey’s Civil War experience, most notably Three Rousing Cheers: A History of the Fifteenth New Jersey Infantry from Flemington to Appomattox, Forgotten Warriors: New Jersey’s African American Soldiers in the Civil War and Remember You Are Jerseymen: A Military History of New Jersey’s Troops in the Civil War, all published by Longstreet House Publishing, Hightstown, New Jersey.  He is currently working on a history of Sea Girt. 

Mr. Bilby, a lifelong Jerseyan, was born and raised in Newark, received his BA and MA degrees from Seton Hall University and served as a lieutenant in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. He retired as a Supervising Investigator from the New Jersey Department of Labor in 2002 and is currently working part time as NGMMNJ assistant curator. He is available at the museum on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 10:00 and 3:00 to answer questions from the public on New Jersey’s military history.


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