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THE SOLDIER AND THE SCULPTOR

William Joyce Sewell

A Camden landmark best known as Walt Whitman’s last address, Harleigh Cemetery is also the final resting place of Major-General William Joyce Sewell.  He cast a long shadow in nineteenth-century New Jersey, but is known to very few today.

Sewell, a self-made Irish immigrant who had just settled in Camden when the Civil War broke out, recruited a company of New Jersey Volunteers, was commissioned its captain, and rose to the rank of colonel.  Read more…

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Commota est et contremuit terra: THE SECOND BATTLE OF PRINCETON

Detail of the Princeton Battle Monument (dedicated 1922)

Most public inscriptions are acts of memory, but deliberate and highly selective ones. In fact, the story of their creation can be as fascinating and revealing as the story their creators have chosen to tell.

The Princeton Battle Monument, in a small park west of Princeton’s Nassau Street, recalls a pivotal episode in the Revolution. George Washington, hoping to surprise the enemy based at Nassau Hall, had overseen a daring midnight march over back roads, skirting the British forces camped expectantly near Trenton. Read more…

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