The Civil War in New Jersey

New Jersey 39th Infantry Regiment

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This regiment, recruited under the call of July, 1864, for 500,000 men, left Newark early in October of the same year, five companies leaving on the 4th, and the others a few days later. Arriving at City Point, Va., it was temporarily employed on the breastworks, moving thence to Poplar Grove Church, on the left of the Weldon railroad a few miles south of Petersburg, where it was attached to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 9th army corps. Its only real engagement was in the capture of Fort Mahone, before Petersburg, April 2, 1865, where the loss of the regiment, to which belongs the credit of capturing one of the most formidable Confederate works around Petersburg, was very severe, amounting to some 10 killed and about 75 wounded, several officers being included among the latter. After the Confederate surrender the regiment proceeded to Alexandria, where it remained in camp until June, when it was ordered to Newark and finally disbanded. The total strength of the regiment was 1,124, and it lost during its term of service by resignation 2, by discharge 11, by promotion 6, by transfer 92, by death 39, by desertion 54, not accounted for 1, mustered out 819.

Dyer states that the Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 29 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 10 Enlisted men by disease. Total 42.

Col., Abram C. Wildrick; Lieut.-Col., James H. Close; Maj., William T. Cornish.


Overview: Attached to Benham's Engineer Brigade, City Point, Va., temporarily, October, 1864. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1865.


Duty on breastworks at City Point, Va., October, 1864, then moved to Poplar Grove Church. Battle of Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Va., October 27-28, 1864. Siege of Petersburg till April 2, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 2, 1865. Assault on and capture of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Moved to City Point, thence to Washington and Alexandria April 20-27. Grand Review May 23. Mustered out June 17, 1865.


The compiled service records of this unit contains 1424 names.



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