13th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry


Organized at Camp Frelinghuysen, Newark, N.J., and mustered in August 25, 1862. Left State for Washington. D.C., August 31, 1862. Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia, September, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 12th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland and Army of Georgia, to June, 1865.



    Camp near Fort Richardson, on Arlington Heights, Va., September 2, 1862.

    Expedition beyond Rockville, Md., September 6-9.

   Battle of Antietam, Md., September 16-17.

    At Maryland Heights September 23-October 30.

    Picket duty near Sharpsburg, Md., October 30-December 10.

    March to Fairfax Station, Va., December 10-16, and duty there till December 26.

    Picket duty on the Occoquan January 4-20.

    "Mud March" January 20-24.

    At Fairfax Station till April 27.

    Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.

    Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5.

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

    Battle of Gettysburg July 1-3.

    Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.. July 5-24.

    Picket duty at Kelly's Ford July 31-August 15, and at Raccoon Ford to September 24.

    Movement to Stevenson, Ala., September 24-October 4

    Guard Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad till April, 1864.

    Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8, 1864.

    Demonstration against Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11.

    Battle of Resaca May 14-15.

    Near Cassville May 19.

    Advance on Dallas May 22-25.

    New Hope Church May 25.

    Battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May- 26-June 5.

    Operations about Marietta and against Kennesaw Mountain June 10-July 2.

    Pine Hill June 11-14.

    Lost Mountain June 15-17.

    Gilgal or Golgotha Church June 15.

    Muddy Creek June 17.

    Noyes Creek June 19.

    Kolb's Farm June 22.

    Assault on Kennesaw June 27.

    Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4.

    Chattahoochee River July 5-17.

    Peach Tree Creek July 19-21.

    Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25.

    Operations at Chattahoochee River Bridge August 26-September 2

    Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15.

    March to the sea November 15-December 10.

    Sandersville November 26.

    Montieth Swamp December 9.

    Siege of Savannah December 10-21.

    Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865.

    Brigade train guard January 17-27.

    Division train guard to February 10.

    Occupation of Columbia February 16-17.

    Occupation of Fayetteville, N. C., March 11.

    Averysboro March 16.

    Battle of Bentonville March 19-21.

    Occupation of Goldsboro March 24.

    Advance on Raleigh April 10-14.

    Occupation of Raleigh April 14.

    Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army.

    March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19.

    Grand Review May 24.

    Mustered out near Washington, D.C., June 8, 1865.


Regiment lost during service 3. Officers and 71 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 44 Enlisted men by disease. Total 118.


Battle Report Filed By Col. E. A. Carman, Commanding the

13th Regiment, NJVI


Camp on Maryland Heights, September 24, 1862.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor of reporting the part performed by my command in the action at Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, on Wednesday, September 17, 1862:

At daybreak on the morning of that day I was ordered to advance with the brigade to the support of General Hooker's corps, then hotly pressed by the enemy. Advancing in brigade line, I formed to the right of the One hundred and seventh New York, where we were exposed for a few minutes to a very heavy artillery fire. I was then ordered by General Gordon to advance through the corn-field on the right across the road and down into a thick wood to support General Sumner's corps. Advancing through the corn-field up to the road, I was fired into by the enemy, who had driven General Sumner's corps from the wood. Seeing that my whole command would be annihilated if I advanced, and knowing that General Sumner's corps had been driven from the wood, I formed my line and prepared to dispute the advance of the foe. Their fire into my line was heavy, and after a stand of a few minutes I was obliged to retire. I report, with regret, the loss of a gallant officer at this place, Capt. H. C. Irish, of Company K, who fell at the head of his company while directing their fire.

After retiring about 200 yards to the rear and reforming my command, I was ordered to support General Greene's brigade, then in possession of the wood near the school-house, but heavily pressed by a superior force of the enemy. 1 advanced to this position, formed on the right of General Greene's brigade, and engaged the enemy for an hour. Being flanked on the right, the whole brigade was obliged to retire, which they did in very good order, followed by the enemy for a short distance. The farther pursuit of the enemy was checked by the rapid and effective fire of the battery attached to this brigade, under command of Captain Cothran. I again formed my command in line, waiting for an attack or an order to advance, but was not again called on.

I mention with pleasure the heroic conduct of James Kilroy, a private in Company G, of this regiment, who, when the color-bearer was disabled, volunteered to carry the honored emblem, and did so, always pressing forward until severely wounded. I append a list of my killed, wounded, and missing.(*)

I am, yours, truly,


Colonel, Commanding Thirteenth New Jersey Volunteers.

 Captain SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.