33rd Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Newark, N.J., and mustered in September 3, 1863. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 8, 1863, thence moved to Warrenton, Va., September 13-19. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 11th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to October, 1863, and Army of the Cumberland to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland and Georgia, to July, 1865.
Movement to Bridgeport, Ala., September 26-30, 1863, thence moved
to mouth of Battle Creek, October 18, and duty there guarding bridges till
Moved to Lookout Valley, Tenn., November 4-6.
Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27.
Orchard Knob November 23.
Tunnel Hill November 24-25.
Mission Ridge November 25.
March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 17.
Duty in Alabama till May, 1864.
Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8.
Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11.
Dug Gap or Mill Creek May 8.
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
Operations about Marietta and against
Kennesaw Mountain June
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 19-20.
Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25.
Operations at Chattahoochee River Bridge August 26-September 2.
Occupation of Atlanta September 2-November 15.
Expedition to Tuckum's Cross Roads October 26-29.
Near Atlanta November 9.
March to the sea November 15-December 10.
Montieth Swamp December 9.
Siege of Savannah December 10-21.
Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865.
Averysboro, N. C., March 16.
Battle of Bentonville March 19-21.
Occupation of Goldsboro March 24.
Advance on Raleigh April 10-14.
Smithfield, N. C., April 11.
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 23-24.
Mustered out at Washington, D.C., July 17, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 72
Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 85 Enlisted men by disease. Total
Battle Report Filed By Col. G. W. Mindil, Commander of the
33rd Regiment, NJVI
THIRTY-THIRD NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS,
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to submit the following
report of the movements of the Thirty-third Regiment New Jersey Volunteers from
the time of its departure from camp in Lookout Valley at 3 p.m. on the 22d of
In connection with the rest of the Eleventh Corps the
regiment moved on the afternoon of that day in heavy marching order, crossed the
Tennessee at Brown's Ferry, and bivouacked for the night on the plain beyond
Chattanooga, about 200 yards to the right of Fort Wood.
On the afternoon of the following day (23d),
skirmishing was commenced between the armies in our front, and at about 3 p.m.
the corps proceeded to move toward the position assigned it, the First Brigade,
Second Division, of which my command forms part, being arranged in two lines,
the outer consisting of the One hundred and Thirty-fourth New York on the right
and the Thirty-third New Jersey on the left in deployed order, with skirmishers
about 150 paces in advance; the second comprising the Seventy-third and
Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania and One hundred and fifty-fourth New York in columns
en masse at supporting distance. These dispositions were made in an open
field about 500 yards from Fort Wood, fronting Citico Creek, with the left flank
protected by a railroad embankment. The order to forward was given, and the
regiment proceeded to advance. Hardly had the line of skirmishers gained 10
paces ere it was fired upon from the woods skirting the creek, from behind the
railroad bridge and from under cover of several buildings. The enemy being well
protected at short range and in considerable force, fired very destructively,
and Captain Boggs, of Company A, fell wounded at the first discharge while
gallantly advancing his deployed line. Notwithstanding the severity of the fire
the advance was continued, and Captain O'Connor, with his company, was sent to
re-enforce the line in front. This additional force compelled the enemy to leave
their position on this side, and to retire beyond the Creek. My line of
skirmishers had now reached the Creek, and on its bank a very hot and lively
contest ensued, the contending parties being but 10 yards apart. Both having
availed themselves of the shelter of the trees, but little loss was inflicted.
In the absence of orders, and believing it was the
intention to advance until the field was entirely won, I moved forward Company
E, Captain Field commanding, and ordered Captain O'Connor to cross the creek at
all hazards, his force now amounting to about 160 men, at the same time charging
forward with the rest of the regiment under a heavy fire to within 50 yards of
the enemy behind the walls of the bridge, so as to give him support.
Simultaneously I sent the major to acquaint the brigade commander with our
position and for further orders. The order came to merely hold the bridge, but
it was not received in time to check the onward progress of our skirmishers, who
dashed into the stream regardless of depth, with water to the waist, moving on
in spite of the determined resistance offered, thus gaining foothold on the
opposite bank. In obedience to instructions received, I ordered Captain O'Connor
to hold this side of the creek, and to prevent the enemy from crossing in turn.
Night soon ended the firing, and at about 8 p.m. the regiment was relieved by
the Twenty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, bivouacking for the night about 300
yards in rear.
Accompanying you will find a list(*) of the
names of the killed and wounded. The loss in officers was unusually severe.
Captain Waldron, Company I, was instantly killed at the head of his
company-while the regiment was charging in line. A soldier by profession, and a
veteran of former fights, he yielded his life in defense of the flag he had
sworn to support. I sympathize with Captain Boggs, Lieutenant Toffey, and the
rest of the wounded. It is consoling to know they were injured in a righteous
cause with face to the foe.
As for the officers and men, all performed their duty
unflinchingly, and where all act well it is impossible to discriminate. For a
regiment but of three months' creation, without much drill and discipline, the
Thirty-third did remarkably well. I feel confident that the regiment can now be
relied upon for any emergency, as the men will perform their whole duty.
I would bear testimony to the efficiency and gallantry
of the staff. Lieutenant Lambert, adjutant, for promptness displayed in
conveying my orders to the most exposed positions, to Chaplain John Faull my
thanks as well as those of the command are due for the fearlessness manifested
in relieving the wounded, by personally removing them, with the aid of the drum
corps, to the surgeon in rear. Dr. Stiger remained with the regiment, at all
times performing his operations under the fire of the enemy.
On the following day the regiment moved and connected
with Sherman's corps, and a report has already been furnished of the part it
sustained in the assault on Tunnel Hill. Following with the rest of the corps
the flying enemy to Parker's Gap, and taking a northeast direction thence to
Louisville, Tenn., the regiment returned to its camp yesterday afternoon after
nearly a month's campaign. Considering the severity of the weather, often
exceedingly cold and stormy, the absence of blankets and tents, the miserable
condition of the shoes of a large portion of the command, scores being
barefooted, and the insufficient and poor rations furnished, the troops have
withstood the hardships of this severe but glorious campaign with firm
determination and remarkably good cheer.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Colonel, Comdg. Thirty-third
New Jersey Volunteers.
Capt. C. C. BROWN,
A. A. A. G., Hdqrs. 1st Brig., 2d Div., 11th Corps.