14th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

  

Organized at Camp Vredenburg near Freehold, N.J., and mustered in August 26, 1862. Left State for Baltimore, Md., September 2, 1862. Attached to Defenses of Baltimore, Md., 8th Army Corps, Middle Department, to January, 1863. 3rd Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps, to June, 1863. 3rd Provisional Brigade, French's Division, 8th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Shenandoah, to June, 1865.

 

SERVICE

    Duty near Monocacy, Md., guarding railroad bridges and other points on the Upper Potomac, till June, 1863.

    Moved to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., and duty there and at Maryland Heights till June 30.

    Moved to Frederick, Md., June 30, and to Monocacy July 2.

    Pursuit of Lee July 6-24.

    Manassas Gap, Va., July 20.

    Wapping Heights July 23.

    Duty on line of the Rappahannock and Rapidan till October.

    Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.

    Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.

    Kelly's Ford November 7.

    Brandy Station November 8.

    Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.

    Payne's Farm November 27.

    Mine Run November 28-30.

    Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864.

    Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15.

    Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.

    Assault on the Salient, "Bloody Angle," May 12.

    North Anna River May 23-26.

    On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28.

    Totopotomoy May 28-31.

    Hanovertown May 30-31.

    Cold Harbor June 1-12.

    Before Petersburg June 17-July 9.

    Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23.

    Moved to Baltimore, thence to Frederick, Md., July 6-8.

    Battle of Monocacy July 9.

    Expedition to Snicker's Gap July 14-23.

    Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 28.

    Battle of Winchester September 19.

    Fisher's Hill September 22.

    Battle of Cedar Creek October 19.

    Duty in the Shenandoah Valley till December.

    Moved to Washington, D. C., thence to Petersburg, Va., December 3-6.

    Siege of Petersburg December 6, 1864, to April 2, 1865.

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

    Fort Fisher, Petersburg, March 25.

    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.

    Moved to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 2.

    Corps Review June 8.

    Mustered out near Washington, D.C., June 18, 1865.

 

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 139 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 110 Enlisted men by disease. Total 257.

 


Report Filed By Lt. Col. J. J. Janeway, Commanding the

14th Regiment, NJVI

 

HDQRS. FOURTEENTH REGIMENT NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS,
December 29, 1864.

 Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

SIR: I have the honor to report the names of two enlisted men of my command for conspicuous gallantry in compliance with Special Orders, No. 364, dated headquarters Army of the Potomac, December 22, 1864. First. Sergt. John Grover, jr., Company F. At the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 1, 1864, he, in advance of the line, with two others, dashed into the rebel works, taking prisoners to the number of fifty, sending them to the rear, at the time within forty yards of the rebel line of battle, that was advancing at a double quick. He sprang forward from the works and rejoined his regiment unharmed. At the battle of Monocacy, Md., July 9, 1864; at the battle of Winchester, Va., September 19, 1864; Fisher's Hill, Va., September 22, 1864, and at the battle of Cedar Creek, Va., he displayed consummate bravery, and, in my estimation, no braver or more worthy soldier is in the army.

Second. Corpl. James Chaffey, Company F, Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers. At the battle of Cold Harbor, Va., June 1, 1864, while on the charge at dusk was some distance in advance of our main line; as we advanced we changed the direction a little to the left; Corporal Chaffey dashed on, found himself within the enemy's lines; nerving himself to break through or die in the attempt, he started for our lines; he shot one and brought the other in as prisoner. At the battle of Monocacy, Md., July 9, 1864, while the fight was at its height, his captain said to him, "Do you see that rebel color? Do you think you can lower it?" He spoke immediately, "I'll try." He advanced to within thirty yards of the rebel line, raised his gun, shooting the rebel color bearer, then coolly returned to his regiment, fighting bravely until we were ordered to fall back. His behavior was conspicuous at the battle of Winchester, where he was wounded, but remained but a day or two at hospital; also at the battle of Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864, he behaved with consummate bravery.

I also have the honor to state that in the numerous engagements in which the regiment has participated, the casualties among the brave and heroic have been so many that those who have survived and have proven themselves worthy, have already been rewarded by promotion. A few men here have been omitted, but the record of their special acts of bravery is not sufficiently explicit and marked to warrant the recommendation for a special medal of honor. The truly brave of our regiment in many instances have fallen in the strife, and it is too late now to reward them in the manner proposed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

 J. J. JANEWAY,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.