40th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

    

Organized at Trenton, N.J., February 2, 1865. Left State for Petersburg, Va., by Companies as follows: Company "A" mustered in October 24, 1864, left State October 24, 1864. Company "B" mustered in December 24, 1864, and January 12, 1865, left State December 24, 1864, and January 12, 1865. Company "C" mustered in January 21, 1865, and left State January 21, 1865. Company "D" mustered in January 27, and left State January 31, 1865. Company "E" mustered in February 2, and left State February 6, 1865. Company "F" mustered in February 9, and left State February 10, 1865. Company "G" mustered in February 16, and left State February 17, 1865. Company "H" mustered in February 22, and left State February 24, 1865. Company "I" mustered in March 2, and left State March 4, 1865. Company "K" mustered En March 10, and left State March 12, 1865. Each Company attached to 4th New Jersey Infantry, on arrival, till 6th Company, then assumed Regimental organization, and attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps.

 

SERVICE

    Siege operations against Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865.

    Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7, 1865.

    Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.

    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.

    March to Danville April 23-27, and duty there till May 18.

    March to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 3.

    Corps Review June 8.

    Mustered out July 13, 1865.

 

Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 17 Enlisted men by disease. Total 19.

 


Telegram to Sec. of War Stanton from Gen. Stevenson, Concerning Men of the

40th Regiment, NJVI

 

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., October 28, 1864--6 p.m.
(Received 6.30 p.m.)

 Hon. EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:

There are numerous desertions of the substitutes arriving at this post. A party deserted yesterday. I sent today a scout into Loudoun and captured two of them; they belong to Fortieth New Jersey, a part of the same company that deserted at the Philadelphia depot a few days ago. I think, for the good of the service, these men should be shot, as many such fellows arrive here every day. An example, in my opinion, is demanded.

Respectfully,

 JNO. D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

 

 


Report of Heroic Actions, Including Action by a Member of the

40th Regiment, NJVI

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SIXTH CORPS,
April 15, 1865.

MAJOR: I have the honor to send herewith six rebel battle-flags captured by the following-named men, and under the circumstances set opposite their respective names:

Second Brigade.--Battle-flag of Savannah Guards, captured by Private Warren C. Dockun,(*) Company H, One hundred and twenty-first New York Volunteers, two other enlisted men having been killed while attempting its capture in the battle of Little Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865.

Battle-flag (regiment unknown), captured by Private Benjamin Gifford,(*) Company H, One hundred and twenty-first New York Volunteers, in the battle of Little Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865.

Battle-flag (regiment unknown), captured by Corpl. Elijah A. Briggs,(*) Company B, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery Volunteers in the enemy's works near Petersburg, April 2, 1865.

Battle-flag (regiment unknown), captured by Sergt. Wesley Gibbs,(*) Company B, Second Connecticut Heavy Artillery Volunteers, in the battle of Little Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865.

Third Brigade.--Battle-flag (regiment unknown), captured by Private Charles A. Taggart,(*) Company B, Thirty-seventh Massachusetts Volunteers, at the battle of Little Sailor's Creek, April 6, 1865.

First Brigade.--Battle-flag Forty-sixth North Carolina, picked up on the picket-line by Lieutenant Brant, (*) Fourth New Jersey Volunteers, April 3, 1865.

In addition to the above, the following flags were delivered to corps headquarters on the day of their capture, viz:

First Brigade.--Battle flag (regiment unknown), captured by Private Frank Fesq, (*) Company A, Fortieth New Jersey Volunteers, in the rebel works at Petersburg, April 2, 1865; delivered to Major Franklin, commissary of musters.

Third Brigade.--Battle-flag (regiment unknown), captured by Corpl. Richard Welch, (*) Company E, Thirty-seventh Massachusetts Volunteers, in the rebel works at Petersburg, April 2, 1865; delivered to Major Whittelsey, assistant adjutant-general.

Total number of flags turned in, eight.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

 F. WHEATON,

Brevet Major-General, U S. Volunteers.

 Maj. C. H WHITTELSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Sixth Corps.

 

Webmaster's note: on May 10, 1865, Private Fesq was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for this action.