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 from the 3rd Division Hospital to his sister on U.S. Christian Commission stationary, which carries the quote, “For God so loved the world”, 3d Division Hospital, June 28th, 1865.
3 pp, 4 3/4 x 7 3/4, In small part, “...The talk is we start the 8th of July [for home]. We would have been home before this if we could get transportation...There was a happy meeting the other day as I was laying in my bed and had just turned over and who should I see buy my dear brother in law Jake. I was so full that I could scarcely speak to him. It was a joyful meet. He stayed with me all afternoon and had a good talk about home and old time. He looks as hearty as a buck...and here is poor me nothing but a bunch of bones and not got ambition enough to move...I think that I will be at home in less than a week...The sergeant of my company come over to see me last night and he told me that the Lieutenant of my company was going to see what he could do for me...”
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