The 4th New Jersey Infantry Regiment was organized at Trenton, NJ, on April 27th, 186, for three months. The regiment was honored by a visit from President Lincoln. Most of the first three months were spent guarding the bridge over the Potomac and the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. After being reorganized, the regiment saw action in many major battles, including Gettysburg, Seven Days, Gaines Mill, Malvern Hill, Bull Run, Second Battle of Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, South Mountain, Petersburg, Appomattox and the surrender of Lee and his army. The reorganized 4th was mustered out on July 9th, 1865, at Hall’s Hill, VA.
Meanwhile, the 6th New Jersey Infantry Regiment was formed, which was made up of many soldiers from the 4th.
George W. Hill mustered into K Co. of the 4th on April 27th, 1861. Research indicates he mustered out on July 31, 1861, his letters extend well beyond that date clearly indicating he remained in the army. The dateline on other letters indicate he was in the 6th Regiment.
4 pp, 5 x 7 3/4, Rum Point, Jan. 7th, 1862. “I got my box of things which came to me safe enough with the exception of a few of the pies were mashed. The jar of pickles were broke but I enjoyed my chicken and other things...If you would write in your recent letter that some of the family was very sick and wasn’t expected to live, I would show the letter to Cap. Burling and no doubt...he would give me a furlough to come home. I seen Jim Caldwell and he told me he was coming home on a furlough. The regiment that he belongs to is only a half a mile from ours...Never think that I have forgot my home...I have a doting grandmother, an affectionate uncle and a loving sister...God forbid that I should turn traitor to my home. I can see...my sister is penning a few lines to her only brother that has gone forth in the defenses of his mother country to protect her rights...It is early in the morning...The boys are building log houses to live in and when finished will be warm...”
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