24th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

  

Organized at Camp Cadwallader, Beverly, N.J., and mustered in September 16, 1862. Left State for Washington, D.C., September 30, 1862. Attached to District of Washington October, 1862. Provisional Brigade, Casey's Division, Defenses of Washington, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to June, 1863.

 

SERVICE

    At Camp Ingham on East Capital Hill till October 14.

    At Camp Nixon near Chain Bridge till October 18.

    Picketing Leesburg Road and fatigue duty at Forts Ethan Allen and Marcy till October 25.

    At Camp Cumberland till December 1.

    March to Falmouth, Va., December 1-9.

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

    At Camp Knight till January, 1863.

    At Camp Robertson till April 27.

    Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6.

    Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5.

    Mustered out at Beverly, N.J., June 29, 1863.

 

Regiment lost during service 3 Officers and 46 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 53 Enlisted men by disease. Total 102.

 


Battle Report Filed By Col. William B. Robertson, Commanding the

24th Regiment, NJVI

 

CAMP KNIGHT, VA., December 18, 1862.

COLONEL: In accordance with circular of this date from headquarters, I have the honor to report:

That on Wednesday, the 10th instant, I received orders to have 60 rounds of cartridges and three days' cooked rations issued to all the men and officers of my command, excepting the sick and hospital attendants, and to have the command awakened at 4 o'clock the next morning, and to be ready to march at 6.30 o'clock.

On Thursday, the 11th, being all ready at the time appointed, we marched to a point opposite Fredericksburg, where, under the shelter of the hill, we remained until evening, when we were marched to a wood near by, where we bivouacked for the night.

On Friday, the 12th, we were marched across the pontoon bridge into Fredericksburg and remained under arms in Caroline street until dusk, when we were ordered to quarter in the vacant buildings in the vicinity, with orders to be ready to march at daybreak the following morning. On this evening four companies of the regiment were detailed for picket duty.

On Saturday, the 13th, we were formed on Caroline street and remained under arms until 11.40 a.m., when we were marched, following the Seventh [West] Virginia Regiment out of town to the base of a hill just back of the town, and there halted, and the men ordered by Brigadier-General Kimball to disencumber themselves of their blankets and shelter tents, and to place a guard over them. This being done, we were marched to the top of the hill in line of battle, where a fence intervening and interrupting our farther progress, the men were ordered to lie down and shelter themselves from the galling fire of the enemy, and where they continued firing until all their ammunition was expended. A large portion remained there until dusk, when I gathered together what I could find of the regiment and marched them back into the city.

On Sunday, the 14th, we remained under arms on the banks of the river.

On Monday, the 15th, we were still on the banks of the river under arms, and received orders, at about 7.30 p.m., to recross the river, when we returned to our old encampment, which we reached during the night.

I regret to report the death, in the early part of the engagement, of First Lieut. John O. Crowell, of Company I, a gallant young officer, who fell whilst rallying his men, and also the severely wounding of Capts. Aaron Ward, Company D, and William C. Shinn, Company I. Capt. Samuel Harris, Company F, Second Lieut. William B. Pepper, Company F, First Lieut. James J. Reeves, Company H, and Second Lieut. James P. Butler, Company K, were also wounded. It is also with great regret that I report that First Lieut. Alexander L. Robeson, commanding Company H, is still missing, and it is presumed that he fell whilst gallantly leading his men.

A large number of the men of the regiment have been injured (a report of which you have already received). Many of them are sick from exposure, having lost their blankets and shelter-tents in the field.

Respectfully submitted.

 WM. B. ROBERTSON,

Colonel, Commanding.

 Col. JOHN S. MASON,

Commanding First Brigade.