14th Regiment New Jersey Infantry

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Soldier's Notes

 

Sergeant Alfred Harrison, Company G, was in the April 2, 1865 Sixth Corps assault and had one of his fingers shot off. In his pension file, he stated he wrapped it up and kept on going over the works. His letters home were used in several books about the battle. At one of the displays where the 14th New Jersey came through the line at Pamplin Historical Park there is a quote from one of these letters. He served from the beginning in 1862 until the final muster in 1865, being wounded three times. Sergeant Harrison returned to his home in Red Bank, New Jersey, was elected the town clerk, and was active in the local GAR chapter.

Private Kasimir Kinsel, Company H, was a survivor of the Civil War and returned to his farm in Jamesburg, New Jersey after the war. He remained at the farm, until the early 1900’s when he and his wife, the former Caroline Wagner, resided at the Old Soldier’s Home in Vineland, New Jersey. Kasimir eventually died at the Old Soldier’s Home in Kearny, New Jersey.

Charles A. Haggerty was a 15 year old farm-hand working off a family debt in the summer of 1862 when Lincoln called for 300,000 more volunteers to crush the rebellion. Tired of sleeping in a barn with animals he ran off and lied about his age and enlisted with the 14th New Jersey as a Private in Company E. He was found drunk and had deserted his post in the winter of 1862 at Culpepper, Va. He served his punishment and would see action in all the engagements with the 14th except for Fishers Hill, and Cedar Creek when he was recovering from a gunshot wound to the hand from The Opequon (3rd Winchester). He was one of the young soldiers that helped load a lifeless General Sedgewick onto the hospital wagon at Spotsylvania after stating that the rebel sharpshooters "couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." At the age of 18 on January 1st, 1865 he was promoted to Corporal. Severely eaten up with rheumatism at the end of the war Charles was in a Washington City Hospital when the Union Army made its Grand Review in the summer of 1865. After the war he would marry Emma F. Trembly and father two sons and a daughter. He was an Oysterman in Perth Amboy, New Jersey up until his death in 1910. He did however make it to the 14th New Jerseys monument dedication in Frederick, Maryland in 1907. He is buried in Alpine Cemetery in Perth Amboy.

1st Lieutenant Marcus A. Stults, Company H, was reported missing in action at the Battle of Cold Harbor, June 1st, 1864.

 

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