4th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (3 years)

 

Organized at Camp Olden, Trenton, N.J., and mustered in August 19, 1861. Left State for Washington, D.C., August 20, 1861. Attached to Kearney's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Kearney's Brigade, Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Shenandoah, to July, 1865.

 

SERVICE

    Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., till March, 1862.

    Advance on Manassas, Va., March 8-15, 1862.

    Advance from Alexandria to Bristoe Station April 7-11.

    Embarked for the Virginia Peninsula April 17.

    Siege of Yorktown April 19-May 5 (on transports).

    West Point May 7-8.

    Reconnaissance to East Branch Chickahominy June 7 (Cos. "D," "F" and "I").

    Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1.

    Battles of Gaines Mill June 27; Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30; Malvern Hill July 1.

    At Harrison's Landing till August 16.

    Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Manassas, Va., August 16-26

    Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2.

    Bull Run Bridge, Manassas, August 27.

    Battle of Bull Run August 30.

    Cover Pope's retreat to Centreville August 30-31.

    Maryland Campaign September 6-22.

    Battles of Crampton's Pass, South Mountain, September 14; Antietam September 16-17.

    At Sharpsburg, Md., till October 29.

    Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19.

    Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15.

    At Falmouth 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.

    Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24.

    Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4.

    Guarding ammunition train July.

    In camp near Warrenton, Va., till September 15, and at Culpeper Court House till October.

    Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.

    Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.

    Rappahannock Station November 7.

    Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.

    At Brandy Station to May, 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. Cold Harbor June 1-12.

    Before Petersburg June 17-18.

    Siege of Petersburg till July 9.

    Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23.

    Moved to Washington, D.C., June 9-11.

    Repulse of Early's attack on Fort Stevens and the Northern Defenses of Washington July 11-12.

    Pursuit of Early to Snicker's Gap July 14-23.

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

    Strasburg August 14-15.

    Cedar Creek August 15.

    Winchester August 17.

    Charlestown August 21-22.

    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.

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

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

    Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.

    Fall 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 3.

    Corps Review June 8.

    Mustered out at Hall's Hill, Va., July 9, 1865.

 

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 156 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 103 Enlisted men by disease. Total 266.  


Battle Report Filed By Capt. Baldwin Hufty, Commanding the

4th Regiment, NJVI (3 years)

 

HDQRS. FOURTH NEW JERSEY VETERAN VOLUNTEERS,
October 9, 1864.

SIR: In compliance with Special Orders, No. 174, headquarters Sixth Army Corps, August 30, 1864, I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by the Fourth Regiment New Jersey Veteran Volunteers in the operations included in the time between the crossing of the Rapidan to the embarkation of the corps at City Point, July 9, 1864:

FIRST EPOCH.

The army broke camp at 4.30 a.m. of May 4, the Sixth Corps crossing the Rapidan at Germanna Ford, the Fourth Regiment at 2.20 p.m., and went into camp near the Wilderness at 4.30 p.m.

May 5.--Broke camp at 6.20 a.m., and about two hours after commenced skirmishing, which was continued at intervals until 3.15 p.m., when, a charge being ordered, the enemy were driven some distance, the regiment behaving gallantly. At 7 p.m. another charge was made with like effect. The skirmishing continued nearly all night.

May 6.--At 2 a.m. the regiment was engaged in another charge, but was obliged to fall back to the second line at about 7 a.m., where breast-works were built at 7 p.m. After severe fighting, the enemy succeeded in turning the right flank of the army, causing a change of ours to be made. During the severe fighting. Major Vickers became detached from the regiment and was taken prisoner.

May 7.--The regiment was sent at 3 a.m. to re-enforce the right, build breast-works, which were left at 10 p.m. and a night march made toward Spotsylvania Court-House.

SECOND EPOCH.

May 8.--Arrived near Spotsylvania Court-House, where a portion of the regiment was detailed for picket.

May 9.--At 3 p.m. a desperate assault was made on the line of which the regiment formed a part, which was handsomely repulsed; another assault was made at 11 p.m. with like effect.

May 10.--The regiment was detailed on the skirmish line from which it was relieved on the evening of the 11th.

May 12.--Engaged in a charge on the position of the enemy; after desperate fighting succeeded in taking the first line of works, but owing to a heavy flank fire which the line was exposed to were forced to fall back. The commander of the regiment, Lieut. Col. Charles Ewing, was severely wounded in this charge.

May 13.--Built breast-works, connecting at right angles with the ones captured on the 12th.

May 14.--Marched to Po River, and at 5 p.m. commenced skirmishing; crossed the river and established a skirmish line near the banks. On the 15th and 16th nothing of special interest occurred.

May 17.--Detailed on picket, where some slight skirmishing took place.

May 18.--Marched with the corps to the right of the army, and after remaining some hours returned.

May 19 and 20.--Engaged in building breast-works and marching to different points to support the line.

May 21.--Supported a battery and covered the movements of the rest of the army in its flank movements to the North Anna.

THIRD EPOCH.

May 22.--Marched all day.

May 23.--Detailed as flankers.

May 24.--Crossed the North Anna and took position in rifle-pits.

May 25.--Marched to road station on the Virginia Central Railroad, and assisted in destroying the road; in the afternoon marched back and built breast-works.

May 26.--Crossed the North Anna, marched to Chesterfield Station, issued rations, continued marching all night, and

FOURTH EPOCH.

May 27.--Crossed the Pamunkey River at Hanovertown.

May 28.--The brigade detailed to support the pickets of the Second Division.

May 29.--Made a reconnaissance to Hanover Court-House.

May 30.--Marched and took position near the Totopotomoy River at 7.30 p.m.

May 31.--Moved about 1 mile to the left and threw up breastworks; in the evening went on picket, and at 12 p.m. withdrew.

June 1.--Marched to Cold Harbor, where the regiment was immediately sent on the skirmish line, where it remained the remainder of the day--at intervals heavy skirmishing taking place.

June 2.--Rejoined the brigade in the breast-works.

June 3.--Took position in first line and threw up breast-works; an assault made in the morning.

June 4 to 12.--The regiment was engaged in the trenches; constant skirmishing going on all the time.

June 12.--Part of the regiment on the first line, which was left to cover the movements of the' main army in its passage to the James River.(*)

Respectfully, yours,

 BALDWIN HUFTY,

 Captain, Fourth New Jersey Infty., Comdg.

 Capt. CHARLES R. PAUL,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.