On December 5, 1861, John Crate Barkman, a 20 year old resident of Long Valley, NJ, enlisted in Company F, NJ 8th Infantry Regiment as a Private. He was promoted to Full Corporal on September 12, 1864 and mustered out on July 17, 1865 in Washington, D.C.

The attached scan of the Newark Star ledger, Monday, February 13, 1939 issue, shows Mr. Barkman just days shy of the age of 96 in front of his home on Schooley’s Mountain Road holding his old service musket. As of Sunday, October 21, 2018, the musket has now been returned to Long Valley. Ellen Leander and her husband drove from Washington, D.C. and donated the musket and other items belonging to Mr. Barkman to the Washington Township Historical Society. On hand to receive the donation were Phil Berg and his wife Lauri. Phil, a Civil War reenactor, dressed the part in his NJ Civil War regalia.

John Barkman had given the rifle to Ellen’s grandfather, Osborn Fort Hevener, and she kindly decided to donate it to the Society to be part of its permanent historical collection.