The Camp Mattawoman Gazette
Volume 1 No. 11 November 1999

Copyright (c)

Editor-in-Chief: Gilbert V. Riddle

Contributing Editor: Tom Fox.

Mission Statement: To provide a means for the dissemination of period information concerning the Eighth Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers and its’ members during and after the Civil War.

The Fighting Brigade:

It is stated that Gov. Parker is preparing standards for the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th N.J. Reg’ts upon which are to be inscribed all the engagements in which they have participated.

Source: The Plainfield Union. Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey, Tuesday, June 16, 1863.

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The following New Jersey troops are in the hospitals in Philadelphia: - … M.W. Oliver, B, 8th …, W.H. Clements, C, 8th, Source: Daily True American, Trenton, N.J., Thursday, June 25, 1863.

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Promotions in New Jersey Regiments.

Adjutant-General Stockton reports the following promotions and appointments in New Jersey Regiments:

8th - 1st Lt. Thomas H. Fisher, I

Source: Paterson Daily Guardian. Paterson, N.J. Thursday, July 2, 1863.

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Sick and Wounded N.J. Soldiers. -

The following sick and wounded New Jersey soldiers arrived at Philadelphia on the 23rd ult., and were taken to the Citizen’s Volunteer Hospital:

Daniel Rose, E, 8.

Source: Camden Democrat. Camden, N.J. Saturday, July 4, 1863.

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Colonel Ramsey:

Colonel John Ramsey, of the Eighth New Jersey Regiment, who was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg, on Thursday, arrived at his home in this city last evening. He was wounded by a spent musket ball in the left shoulder, but is not seriously injured. The colonel took into action 159 men and brought out 50 men and 2 officers. Captain Langston [Co. K], of the Regiment, is now in command. The Second Brigade, to which the Eighth Regiment is attached, is now reduced to about 400 men.

Source: The American Standard. Jersey City, Tuesday, July 7, 1863.

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[Partial and inaccurate Listing:]

The following is a list of casualties as far as reported:
Eighth Regiment.

Col. John Ramsey, slight, doing well, came home to this city.
Capt. Edwin O. Nichols, Co. G, severely, thigh.
Capt. Andrew Davis, H, thigh.
Lt. Henry H. Hartford, F, shoulder.
Lt. C.F. Bowers.
Lt. L.M. Lambert, A, foot.
Lt. Jos. Browe, B, leg shattered.
Lt. Andrew J. Mandeville, D, slight.
Sergeant J.M. Veland, A, wounded.
Corp. Jas. Van Winkle, A, do.
Jas. M. Day, A, do.
Thos. Olden, A, do.
Geo. Hopwood, A, do.
Meeker, B, killed.
Henry Shipley, B, shoulder.
David James, C, wounded.
Ford, F, wounded.
S.D. Lorgie, F, shoulder.
Quigley, G, wounded.
Jno. Conall, G, wounded.
Looney, G, wounded.
Lake, H, wounded.
J. Augustus, H, wounded.

Source: The American Standard. Jersey City, Tuesday, July 7, 1863.

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Arrival of Wounded soldiers at the U.S. Hospital.

About seven hundred wounded soldiers arrived this morning, at the hospital, from the late battle-field at Gettysburg. They reached here at five o’clock, and were furnished with breakfast; they were then washed, provided with clean underclothes, and put to bed, to enjoy the first comfortable sleep for weeks. To see the poor fellows lying there, resting in clean beds, was worth beholding, and a sight calculated to warm the hardest heart. They have fought a good fight, and are now entitled to the rest which they will enjoy for some time to come.

The following soldiers of New Jersey Regiments are among the arrivals: …

Eighth Reg’t - James Day, Co. A; John Jackson, Co. B; John Cahill, G; Edward Quigley, G. …

Source: Newark Daily Mercury. Friday, July 10, 1863.

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Casualties in New Jersey Regiments.

We receive as yet the names of but few of the injured members of N.J. Regiments in the late battles. …

8th - Lt. C.F. Bowers, Quartermaster, 8th, sent to Baltimore. Wm. Robinson, Co. B, thigh. …

Source: State Daily Gazette. Trenton, N.J., Friday, July 10, 1863.

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U.S. Hospital - … The following have been admitted since our last report:

Corporal Wesley Jones, A, 8th N.J.

Source: The Newark Daily Journal. Monday, July 13, 1863.

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Official List of Killed and Wounded of the 8th N.J. Vols. at the battle of Gettysburg.

Trenton, July 13. The following list of killed wounded and missing of the 8th N.J. Vols., is from the office of the Adjutant General.

Commissioned Officers Wounded.

Colonel John Ramsey, shoulder, sligh.
Captain E.C. Nichols, Co. G, thigh, dangerously.
Captain A.S. Davis, Co. H, thigh, dangerously.
1st Lieutenant L.M. Lambert, Co. A, foot, slight.
2d Lieutenant Henry Hartford, Co. F, neck, seriously.
2d Lieutenant Joseph Browe, Co. H, ankle, seriously.
2d Lieutenant A.J. Mandeville, Co. D, leg, slight.

Killed (Enlisted Men).

Co. A - Anson Wear, George Hopwood.
Co. B - Charles Meeker, S.W. Hardy.
Co. E - M. Classer, David Cooper.
Co. F - Sergt. Riley.

Wounded (Enlisted Men).

Co. A- Sergt. J.M. Freeland, arm slight; J.M. Day, ankle; Thomas Oldham, leg seriously; Henry M. Shugard, shoulder and hand seriously.
Co. B- D.L. Shipley, hand slight; James E. Jones, leg slight; Wm. Robinson, body seriously; Joseph Burroughs, thigh seriously; John Jackson, bowels, seriously.
Co. C- Charles Creelan, hip, slight; David James, do, do.
Co. D- H.K. Ammerman, leg; A.C. Brill, leg, slight.
Co. D- J.L. Hoffman, leg, slight.
Co. E- M. Greengrove, both legs seriously.
Co. F- D.M. Ford, bowels, slight. S.D. Longe, shoulder, severely; Thomas Van Cleef, leg.
Co. G- Corp. J. Cahill, leg; Ed Quigley, knee, slight; William Riley, breast.
Co. H- 1st Sergeant Wm. Donnelly, hand, slight; J. Gustus, arm, slight; Irwin Lake, thigh, seriously; Sergeant Obadiah Evans, arm, slight; Irwin Wilson, hand, slight, E. Bowlsby, leg, slight; Wm. Ralph, leg, amputated.
Co. I- John F. Clouser, ankle, seriously; Patrick Riley, leg, seriously.

Missing.

Co. C- Ira F. Smith.
Co. H- J. Bird, J. Loungenour, Corporal A.J. Hoppock.

Source: The Newark Daily Journal. Monday, July 13, 1863.

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The Eight Regiment N.J.V. - This regiment has been consolidated into a single company, numbering 45 men, under the command of Capt. A.N. Vreeland, formerly of Company A. They are now doing guard duty at Antietam.

Source: The Newark Daily Journal: Friday, July 17, 1863.

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The 8th Reg’t, now numbering forty-five men, has been consolidated into one company, and is now doing guard duty at Antietam. Capt. A.M. Vreeland, formerly of Co. A, commands the regiment.

Source: The Hightstown Gazette. Hightstown, N.J. July 23, 1863.

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Military - Col. A.J. Johnson, of this city [Newark, N.J.], formerly of the 8th N.J., wounded at Williamsburg, has been appointed Major in the Invalid Corps, and ordered to Louisville.

Source: The Newark Daily Journal. Newark, N.J. Wednesday, July 29, 1863.

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A Fitting appointment. - Colonel A.J. Johnson of Newark, and formerly of the Eighth regiment, has received the commission of Major in the Invalid Corps. Col. J., it will be remembered, was wounded at the battle of Williamsburg, and disabled from further active service. By this appointment the Government secures the services of an accomplished officer, who would otherwise have been allowed to rust in idleness, and Colonel Johnson has the opportunity he so much desires, of serving his country in this her hour of need. The Colonel, or rather Major, has been ordered to Louisville, Ky.

Source: Jersey City Daily Advocate. Jersey City, N.J. Thursday, July 30, 1863.

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Died.

At Baltimore, on the 29th inst. of wounds received in the battle of Gettysburg, Henry M. Shugard, aged 21 years. Notice of funeral hereafter.

At Baltimore, from wounds received at Getttysburg, Captain Andrew S. Davis, of Company H, Eighth N.J. Volunteers, aged 30 years and 4 months. Notice of funeral hereafter.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury, Newark, N.J., Thursday, July 30, 1863.

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Funeral of the late Capt. Davis. - The body of the late Capt. Davis, of Co. H, 8th Regiment is expected to arrive home in a day or two; should the body arrive in time, the funeral will take place on Saturday. The late members of the 8th Regiment are requested to meet at Military Hall this evening, for the purpose of making arrangements to attend the funeral in a body.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury, Newark, N.J., Thursday, July 30, 1863.

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U.S. Hospital - Wm. G. Seyman and Wm. Robinson, Co. B, 8th N.J. …, have been admitted since our last report.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury, Newark, N.J., Thursday, July 30, 1863.

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Died.

At Baltimore, from wounds received at Gettysburg,, Captain Andrew S. Davis, of Company H, Eighth N.J. Volunteers, aged 30 years, and 4 months. The friends of the family, and members of Oriental Lodge F.and A.M., are respectfully invited to attend his funeral, at the Halsey street M.E. Church, to-morrow (Saturday) afternoon at 2 ½ o’clock. The relatives are requested to meet at his brothers residence, (A.J. Davis,) 97 Congress st., at 2 o’clock precisely. Interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury, Newark, N.J., Friday, July 31, 1863.

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The Veterans - The detachments from the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 14th regiments New Jersey Volunteers, recently sent to this city [Trenton], consist of three officers and six non-commissioned officers and privates from each regiment: in all, thirty officers and sixty enlisted men. Of these nine officers, and eighteen enlisted men, have been sent to Elmira, N.Y. The remaining twenty-one officers and sixty three men, remain in Trenton. They are quartered at the rendezvous, corner of Warren and Front streets.

Source: State Gazette & Republican. Trenton, N.J. August 7, 1863.

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Col. A.J. Johnson, of Newark, formerly of the Eighth Regiment, an accomplished officer, wounded at Williamsburg, has been appointed Major in the Invalid Corps.

Source: State Gazette & Republican. Trenton, N.J. August 7, 1863.

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Hospital - The following Jerseymen arrived at the Hospital about ten o’clock on Friday night, having been transferred from the McDougal General Hospital at Fort Schuyler, N.Y., to the Newark Hospital: … Corp. John W. DeHart, H, 8, Michael Rigney, I, 8. …

Source: Newark Daily Mercury. Newark, N.J. Saturday. August 8, 1863.

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Col. Cook has just returned from the army of the Potomac. The following regiments have been paid - 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 15th and Hexamer’s Battery.

Source: Daily True American. Trenton, N.J. Wednesday, August 12, 1863.

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Soldiers Pay. - Holders of receipts from … Chaplain S.T. Moore, 6th and 8th Regts.; addressed to Marcus L. Ward, will present the same for payment at Room No. 2, over the Post Office.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury. Newark, N.J. Thursday, August 13, 1863.

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New Jersey Regiments Paid. - The 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 15th New Jersey regiments, and Hexamer’s Battery were paid last week. Col. Cook was present, and has returned with a considerable sum of money for the families of the soldiers. Persons residing in Trenton, entitled to any share of this money, can obtain it by calling on Col. Cook this morning at the State House. Those residing elsewhere will receive their money in a few days by mail.

Source: State Gazette and Republican. Trenton, N.J. Friday, August 14, 1863.

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U.S. Hospital. - David Sheple, Co. B, 8th … have been admitted since our last report. … A squad of twenty-five convalescents were yesterday sent on to their respective regiments: .. Jacob Green, I, 8th …

Source: Newark Daily Mercury, Newark, N.J. Saturday, August 15, 1863.

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Soldier’s Pay - Holders of receipts … 6th and 8th, Rev. S.T. Moore, Chaplain; … addressed to Marcus L. Ward, will present the same for payment at room No. 2, over the post office, Newark.

Source: State Gazette, Trenton, N.J. Monday, August 17, 1863.

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… the 8th at last accounts having less than a full company. …

Source: Newark Daily Mercury. Newark, N.J. Thursday, August 20, 1863.

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… Col. Ramsay has returned to his 8th N.J. Reg’t. …

Source: Jersey City Daily Advocate. Jersey City, N.J. Friday, August 21, 1863.

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Promotions - The Adjutant General of this state, has recently issued the list of promotions, casualties, &c., in the New Jersey regiments, since the first of June last. The following list gives all the information:

Resignations, Casualties, &c.

8th-Capt. Jno. B. sine, resigned.

Source: State Gazette and Republican. Trenton, N.J. Friday, August 28, 1863.

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Letters from the 8th Regiment state they are still doing duty on the Rappahannock near Bealton, and do not expect to move at present. A few days since the regiment played a ball match with the 6th regiment and were successful.

Source: Daily True American. Trenton, N.J. Thursday, Sept. 3, 1863.

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An Appeal.

There is something very touching in the letters we occasionally receive from the old New Jersey regiments in which the writers so often refer to the small numbers to which their respective commands have been reduced by battle, sickness, &c. Some of these regiments have dwindled to mere skeletons and none of them are in effective fighting condition as regiments. Something should be done to fill up these gallant organizations whose heroic deeds on a score of battlefields have made the name of New Jersey illustrious. For some reason, the recruiting for these regiments is not nearly so successful as for new regiments. We are much surprised at this. Surely there is something to be prized in the privilege of wearing the badge of the glorious old First or Eighth, which have carried their standards into every bloody field of the war, and whose achievements are inseparably interwoven with all that is heroic of the war. If these regiments dwindle much further, we do not see how their regimental organization is to be kept intact; and we fear they may be consolidated, some of them thus losing the splendid names they have so dearly won. This would be a burning shame, to be avoided by every possible means. If recruiting is to be continued in this state, the effort should be first of all to fill up the ranks of the old New Jersey regiments. Source: The Plainfield Union. Plainfield, N.J. Tuesday, September 8, 1863.

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Major A.J. Johnson, of the Invalid Corps, and late Colonel of the 8th N.J.V., is now in command of Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Ind., where he is engaged in organizing the corps. As soon as companies are completed they are sent off to duty. He says that he is very pleasantly situated, and is well liked by those about him. It is thought that he will either be promoted to a Lieut. Colonelcy, or his commission will be so dated back that he will be the ranking Major of the Corps; a position for which he is well qualified.

Source: Jersey City Daily Advocate. Jersey City, N.J. Wednesday, September 9, 1863.

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Court Martial.

A Court Martial assembled on Friday and adjourned over to Monday, at Temperance Hall, in pursuance of orders from the War Department, to try such cases as might be brought before the court, in accordance with the order.

The court is composed of the following officers: Captain David McVickers, 31 N.J., President. Captains James McKiernan, 7th N.J. John Langston, 8th N.J. James Walker, 15th N.J. Samuel B. Jobes, 12th N.J. Robert S. Johnston, 4th N.J. !st Lieut. Albert L. Blue, 1st N.J. Captain John H. Vanderveer, 15th N.J., Judge Advocate.

The principle business of this court will be to try deserters. They tried two recruits on Monday, and another yesterday. The court will proceed with the work of putting deserters through every day, meeting at 9 A.M. and adjourning at 3 P.M.

Source: Daily True American. Trenton, N.J. Wednesday, September 9, 1863.

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Resignation of New Jersey Officers.

Eighth - Lieutenant C.H. Peer, B; Lieutenant Frederick Lunger, H. Henry B. Lunger, H. Lieutenant S.P. Sutton, G; Lieutenant Jno. Vanderzee, K.

Source: The American Standard. Jersey City, Tuesday, September 15, 1863.

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Promoted. - Lieutenant L. Leonard, of the 8th N.J., and now at his residence in this city [Newark], has been promoted to a captaincy in the same regiment. He joins his command in the field at once.

Source: Newark Daily Mercury. Newark, N.J. Thursday, September 17, 1863.

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Ordered Away. - Capt. Blauvelt, and Sergeants Wellington Bird and Isrell Van Riper of the 8th N.J.V., who have been on recruiting service in this city [Jersey City] for the past five weeks, have been ordered on the same service at New Brunswick, and leave for that place to-morrow. While here they have sent 40 men to the 8th Regt. And 80 men to other N.J. Regiments in the field.

Source: Jersey City Daily Advocate. Jersey City, Thursday, September 17, 1863.

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Military - A Washington correspondent mentions the following dismissals from the army last week among others: … Capt. A.M. Freeland, and 2d Liieut. Robert S. Brown, of Co. A, 8th regiment.

Source: State Gazette & Republican. Trenton, N.J., Friday, September 18, 1863.

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Major Isaac R. Wilson, State agent for the Department of the East, has effected the transfer from other hospitals, to the United States Army Hospital, at Newark, the following named New Jersey soldiers: … Corporal John W. DeHart, H, 8th , … Michael Rigney, I, 8th, …

source: The American Standard. Jersey City, N.J. Saturday, September 19, 1863.

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The following New Jersey regiments were paid last week: 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th and 15th. Col. J. Cook was, as usual, present at the payment, and returned on Saturday morning, with a considerable amount of money for the families of these regiments.

Persons entitled to any portion of this money, and residing in the city [Trenton], can receive their money by calling on Col. Cook, at the State House, to-day. Those residing out of the city will receive theirs in a few days, by mail.

Source: State Gazette. Trenton, N.J. Monday, September 21, 1863.

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The Advance of the Jersey Troops.

A letter from an officer in the 8th New Jersey Regiment, dated on Saturday, states that on Tuesday last, the 2nd N.J. Brigade, with the army generally, left Bealton Station, and advanced eight miles to the Rapidan, and was in camp between Culpepper and the river, where Lee was in force. There had been skirmishing all along the line, and on Saturday heavy firing at the front. The Brigade was prepared to move at any moment. The country was very fine, and th boys were luxuriating in green corn, string beans, watermelons, &c., gathered from rebel farms. On the march they crossed two rivers, the Rappahannock and Hazel, with the water knee-deep at the fords and a swift current. The boys took off their shoes and stockings, rolled their pants and waded through. Capt. O.S. Johnson is acting Major of the 8th.

Source: State Gazette. Trenton, N.J. Thursday, September 24, 1863.

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8th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers

Company Musicians –

Co. A: James L. Day, mustered out July 17, 1865. Transferred from Co. B. [Page 369]. Ralph Westervelt, transferred to Co. D; re-enlisted Feb. 13, 1864. [Page 371]. Michael F. Morris, deserted Feb. 15, 1864, at Trenton, N.J., while on Veterans furlough. He had re-enlisted on Dec. 25, 1863. [page 372]. Charles P. Holland, died of typhoid fever at Hospital, Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 10, 1862. [Page 371].

Co. B: Asher N. Hicks, promoted Principal Musician April 25, 1865. [Page 374]. Edward Hicks, transferred from Co. D, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 374]. Edwin A. Wambold, transferred from Co. F, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 374]. James L. Day, mustered out July 17, 1865. Transferred from Co. A., re-enlisted Feb. 13, 1864. [Page 377].

Co. C: Judson L. Schooner, re-enlisted Jan. 3, 1864. Mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 380]. Ebenezer Tingley, transferred from Co. G., mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 380]. Wallace Drummond, mustered out at New York City, Dec. 3, 1863 – disability. [Page 382].

Co. D: Ralph Westervelt, transferred to Co. A. [Page 386]. William Shable, recruit, musician April 22, 1863, mustered out July 17, 1865. Mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 386]. John Smith, mustered out at Harrison’s Landing, Va., August 2, 1862 - disability. [Page 388]. Edward Hicks, transferred to Co. B; re-enlisted Feb. 13, 1864. [Page 389].

Co. E: George W. Fox, recruit, transferred from Co. A, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 392]. George L. Baker, transferred from Co. G, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 392]. David C. Garrison, mustered out at U.S. Army General Hospital, Newark, N.J., April 16, 1863 – disability. [Page 394]. William A. Tipson, mustered out at Hospital, Harrison’s Landing, Va., July 18, 1862 – orders of the War dept., A.G.O., Washington, D.C. [Page 394].

Co. F: Augustus Zindle, transferred from Co. C, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 398]. Edmund G. Jackson, Jr., transferred from Co. E, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865, discharged at Trenton, N.J., circular 31, War Dept., A.G.O., Washington, D.C., July 8, 1865. [Page 398]. Edwin A. Wambold, transferred to Co. B, re-enlisted Dec. 25, 1863. [Page 400].

Co. G: Nathan L. Nichols, mustered out Sept. 21, 1864. [Page 403]. Charles P. Farner, transferred from Co. F, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865. {Page 403]. William Murphy, transferred from Co. F, 6th Regt. NJV, mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 403]. Ebenezer Tingley, transferred to Co. C; re-enlisted Feb. 13, 1864. [Page 406].

Co. H: William P. Weller, discharged Sept. 23, 1864. [Page 409]. William Wilson, Principal Musician, April 1, 1864; musician, Dec. 4, 1864. Mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 409]. James Price, discharged at U.S. Army General Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 9, 1863 - disability. [Page 411].

Co. I: George Hicks, mustered out Sept. 21, 1864. [Page 415]. Charles B. Errickson, discharged at Camp near Budd’s Ferry, Md., Jan. 1, 1862 – disability. [Page 417].

Co. K: Winfield C. Brown, deserted April 20, 1863, returned to duty Jan. 2, 1865. Mustered out July 17, 1865. [Page 422].

Source: William Stryker, A.G.O. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War. 1861-1865. Volume I. Trenton, N.J. John L. Murphy, Printer. 1876.

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Amplification Notes:

Musician -

Co. I: Charles B. Errickson, enrolled and mustered in on Sept. 13, 1861, for a period of 3 years, discharged at Camp near Budd’s Ferry, Md., Jan. 1, 1862 – disability.

Source: William Stryker, A.G.O. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War. 1861-1865. Volume I. Trenton, N.J. John L. Murphy, Printer. 1876. Page 417. Camp Jersey Washington, D.C.

I hereby consent that my son Charley B. Errickson shall serve in Co. I, 8th Regiment N.J. Volunteers for three years unless sooner discharged as a Drummer in said Company.

[signed] Abraham A. Errickson

October 7, 1861.

Source; National Archives, Records Group 94.

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Head Quarters, 8th Regt. NJ.V.

Camp Jersey, Meridian Hill

Washington, D.C.

Oct. 8th, 1861

To the Mustering Officer –

Sir: John Fleming was mustered in last Saturday, as a member of Co. E, Capt. Tipson. But he makes one more than the law allows. That Company is full without him. Will you be kind enough to have his name transferred to Co. I, Capt. Pierson, and greatly oblige.

Yours most Respectfully

for Col. A.J. Johnson, Commanding
A. St. John Chambre, Chaplain & Private Secretary

Source: National Archives, Records Group 94.

Amplification Notes:

8th N.J.V., Co. I:

John Fleming - Enrolled and mustered In on October 5, 1861, for a period of 3 years. Discharged at Camp near Fort Lyons, Va., September 29, 1862 – disability.

Source: William Stryker, A.G.O. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War. 1861-1865. Volume I. Trenton, N.J. John L. Murphy, Printer. 1876. Page 418.

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Camp of the 8th Reg’t N.J. Vols.

June 20, 1865

9:00 a.m. pursuant to adjournment the Court met and proceeded to the trial of the following:

Philip Cook - private, Co. C, 8th Regt. N.J.Vols. on the following charge and specification-

Charge - absence without leave.

Specification- in this that Private Philip Cook, Co. C, 8th Regt. N.J.V. did absent himself from his company and Regiment without proper authority on or about the 5th day of February 1865, and did not return until the following morning. All this at or near Hatcher’s Run, Va., February 6th 1865.

[signed] John D. Burgh, 2nd Lt. 8th Batt. N.J. Vols., officer preferring charge.

To which charge and specification the accused plead as follows -

To the Specification to Charge - Not Guilty.

To the Charge - Not Guilty.

In reply to question the prisoner said he had no objection to any member of the Court, the Court was then duly sworn in the presence of the accused.

Nicholas C. Tice - being duly sworn deposed as follows -

Question - What is your name, rank, Company & Regiment?

Answer - Nicholas C. Tice, Sergeant, Co. C, 8th Regt. N.J. Vols.

Question - Do you know the accused?

Answer - I do, as Philip Cook, private, Co. C, 8th Regt. N.J. Vols.

Question - State what you know regarding this matter.

Answer - On the evening of the day referred to in the Charge, he was ordered to the rear, being unequipped, by the Adjutant. He came up again in the evening with some spades or shovels, and returned again to the rear.

Question - Was he told to remain with his Company?

Answer - No sir.

Question - (by the Court) Was he disabled at the time?

Answer Yes Sir and excused by the Doctor.

Question - (by the Court) Was there any engagement that evening?

Answer - Yes Sir.

Prisoners Statement

I was excused by the Doctor and ordered to the rear by the Adjutant. Came up in the evening to bring spades to build breastworks with and returned again to the rear. According to orders returned next morning to my company but was not marked for duty.

The Court after mature deliberation on the evidence adduced find the accused as follows -

of the Specification to Charge - Not Guilty.

of the Charge - Not Guilty.

and the Court do therefore acquit the said private, Philip Cook, Co. C, 8th Regt. N.J. Vols.

Daniel Ford, Capt. 8th Regt. N.J.V., President of Regimental Court Martial.

Wm. Hartford, 1st. Lieut. 8th N.J.V.,

John D. Burgh, 2nd Lieut. 8th N.J.V.,

Robert Gillin, 2nd Lieut. 8th N.J.Vols., Recorder, Regimental Court Martial.

Source: National Archives, Record Group 94.

Amplification Notes:

8th Reg’t. N.J. Vols.

Philip Cook – Private, Enrolled and Mustered In on October 20, 1862. Recruit, transferred from Co. H. Discharged July 17, 1865.

Source: William Stryker, A.G.O. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War. 1861-1865. Volume I. Trenton, N.J. John L. Murphy, Printer. 1876. Page 380 & 413.

Nicholas Tice – Private, Enrolled and Mustered In on September 5, 1861, for a period of 3 years. Corporal November 1, 1862, private November 14, 1863; re-enlisted February 29, 1864, transferred to Co. C. Sergeant - March 28, 1865. Discharged July 17, 1865.

Source: William Stryker, A.G.O. Record of Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Civil War. 1861-1865. Volume I. Trenton, N.J. John L. Murphy, Printer. 1876. Page 413 & 380.

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John H. Gustus - Co. H, private, born in Warren Co., N.J., age 22, occupation prior to enlistment was farmer. Hazel eyes, dark complexion, dark hair, height 5 feet four and a half inches.

National Arches, Record Group 94.

Cornelius Garvin, Co. H, private, born in Ireland, Great Britain, age 34, occupation prior to enlistment was laborer. Blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, height 5 feet 11 inches.

National Arches, Record Group 94.

Robert S. Kearny, born in Warren co., N.J., age 32, occupation prior to enlistment was painter. Black eyes, dark complexion, dark hair, height 5 feet, 6 inches.

National Arches, Record Group 94.