3rd New Jersey Infantry Regiment

Descendants Association

(1st Brigade (Penrose's), 1st Division, Sixth Corps)

Participants in the Breakthrough Battle at Petersburg on April 2, 1865

Fought on or near the present day grounds of Pamplin Historical Park


Organized at Camp Olden, Trenton, N.J., and mustered in June 4, 1861. Left State for Washington, D. C., June 28, 1861. Attached to 2nd Brigade, Runyon's Reserve Division, McDowell's Army of Northeast Virginia, to August, 1861. Kearney's Brigade, Division of the Potomac, to October, 1861. Kearney's Brigade, Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock, to May, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Shenandoah, to June, 1865.

SERVICE - Advance on Manassas, Va., July 16-21, 1861. Battle of Bull Run July 21 (Reserve). Duty in the Defences of Washington, D.C., till March, 1862. Munson's Hill or Little River Turnpike August 31, 1861 (Cos. "I" and "K"). Springfield Station October 2 (Detachment). Burke's Station December 4 (Detachment). Advance on Manassas, Va., March 8-15. Advance from Alexandria to Bristoe Station April 7-11. Embarked for the Peninsula, Va., April 17. Siege of Yorktown, Va., April 19-May 5 (on transports). West Point May 7-8. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Gaines Mill June 27; Charles City Cross Roads and Glendale June 30; Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing till August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe, thence to Manassas, Va., August 16-26. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 26-September 2. Bull Run Bridge August 27. Battle of Bull Run August 30. Cover Pope's retreat to Centreville August 30-31. Maryland Campaign September 6-22. Battles of Crampton's Gap, South Mountain, September 14. Antietam September 16-17. Duty at Sharpsburg till October 29, Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 29-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. At Falmouth till April 27, 1863. "Mud March" January 20-24. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Operations at Franklin's Crossing April 29-May 2. Battle of Maryes Heights, Fredericksburg, May 3. Salem Heights May 3-4. Banks Ford May 4. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 11-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg July 2-4. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Fairfield, Pa., July 5. At and near Funkstown, Md., July 10-13. Camp near Warrenton, Va., till September 15, and at Culpeper Court House till October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. At Brandy Station till May, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7; Spottsylvania May 8-12; Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21. Assault on the Salient, "Bloody Angle," May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Non-Veterans relieved for muster out. Veterans and Recruits temporarily attached to 15th New Jersey Infantry under order of May 29, 1864, till December 17, 1864, when reorganized as a Veteran Battalion at Burke's Station, near Petersburg, Va. Non-Veterans mustered out at Trenton, N.J., June 23, 1864. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12. Before Petersburg June 17-19. Siege of Petersburg till July 9. Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23. Moved to Washington, D, C., July 9-11. Repulse of Early's attack on Fort Stevens and Northern Defences of Washington July 11-12. Pursuit of Early to Snicker's Gap, Va., July 14-23. Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign August 7-November 28. Strasburg August 14-15. Cedar Creek August 15. Winchester August 17. Charlestown August 21-22. Battle of Winchester September 19. Fisher's Hill September 22. Battle of Cedar Creek October 19. Duty in the Shenandoah Valley till December. Siege of Petersburg, Va., December, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run, February 5-7. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Assault and fall of Petersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. March to Danville April 23-27 and duty there till May 18. March to Richmond, Va., thence to Washington, D.C., May 18-June 3. Corps Review June 8. Mustered out at Hall's Hill, Va., June 29, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 9 Officers and 148 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 80 Enlisted men by disease. Total 238.

Source - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer


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