The Civil War in New Jersey



New Jersey 26th Infantry Regiment

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HISTORICAL NOTES:

This regiment, like all the 9-months regiments, was hastily formed. It was composed of men from Newark and the adjoining towns of Orange, South Orange, Bloomfield and Caldwell, each furnishing one company, while Newark filled the remaining six. The regiment was mustered into the state service at Camp Frelinghuysen on Sept. 3, 1862, and some three weeks later, being officered and equipped, proceeded to Washington, arriving there the day following and going into camp on Capitol hill. There it was assigned to Gen. Briggs's brigade, Sumner's corps, and remained until Oct. 1, when it was ordered to Frederick, Md., making the journey in open cars on which any degree of comfort was altogether impossible. It stood in line during the battle of Fredericksburg, not being actually engaged, but on the same ground in the early part of the following May it fought its first battle, doing so well and courageously. The total loss of the regiment in that series of operations, known as Hooker's Chancellorsville campaign, and in which it displayed a heroism worthy of veterans, was 7 killed, 65 wounded and 51 missing. At Franklin's crossing the regiment suffered heavily, for in the 10 or 15 minutes it was under fire it lost 14 killed or wounded, among whom was Capt. S. Uzal Dodd, of Co. H. One week after this handsome achievement, the regiment broke camp at Falmouth and marched to Washington, where it arrived on June 17. Thence it proceeded by rail to Newark, reaching that city on the afternoon of the 19th, and being greeted by a grand demonstration of welcome, in which the military, firemen, municipal authorities and populace alike participated. It was mustered out at Newark, N. J., June 27, 1863. The total strength of the regiment was 1,031, and it lost during its term of service, by resignation 14, by discharge 28, by promotion 14, by death 36, by desertion 26, by dismissal 1, not accounted for 1, mustered out 911.

Dyer states that the Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 21 Enlisted men by disease. Total 36.

OFFICERS:
Col., Andrew J. Morrison: Lieut.-Cols., Thomas A. Colt, Edward Martindale: Majs., Jonathan W. DeCamp, William W. Morris.

ASSIGNMENTS:

Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.

SERVICE:

At Hagerstown, Md., till October 31. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 31-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth, Va., till April 27, 1863. "Mud March" January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks' Ford May 4. Franklin's Crossing June 5-13. Reached Washington, D. C., June 17. Mustered out at Newark, N. J., June 27, 1863.

ROSTERS:

The compiled service records of this unit contains 1210 names.

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REFERENCES:

Dyer, Frederick H. - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion