• 4th NJ Private Writes Of Camp Comforts From Hooker's Division

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    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.

    Hill writes a chatty letter to his sister. 3 1/4 pp, 6 3/4 x 9, Headquarters, Hookers Division, Dec. 15th, 1861. “...Last Sunday, we was out on picket guard along the Potomac River. The Beverly Boys are all well. We are all in one tent and we have got things fixed nice. We have got fire place made in our tent and bed steads built up off the ground...We signed the payroll today and will get paid off in two weeks...”

    Folds. On blue lined paper.

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