Civil War Lecture: Charles F. Hopkins, Civil War Hero
At the outbreak of the Civil War in April, 1861, he was among the first in Morris County to join the Union Army. He was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and survived ten months in the infamous Andersonville Prison, where he recorded his day-to-day experiences in a diary, which has survived 150 years.
Mr. Hopkins returned to Boonton in 1865 and led a busy and fruitful life, dedicated to public service as Mayor of Boonton, Postmaster, Boonton Fire Department Chief, Morris County Freeholder, Assemblyman, and Secretary to the New Jersey Senate.
The extraordinary story of Charles F. Hopkins is told by his great-grandson, Charles Maraziti. Mr. Maraziti is a life-long resident of Boonton/Boonton Township, married to Pat, with two daughters and five grand-children. Mr. Maraziti retired from a 40-year career in banking in 2007.
Refreshments will be served.
This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.