• 4th NJ Soldier Laments His Relative's Enlistment And Feels He Will Regret It

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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 was mustered into K Co. of the 4th on April 27th, 1861. While research indicates he mustered out on July 31, 1861, his letters extend well beyond that date clearly indicating that he remained in the army.  

    1 1/2 pp, 4 3/4 x 7 3/4, Arlington Heights, July 11th, 1861. “...Very sorry to hear that Jake has enlisted. He will be sick of it [in] three months let alone three years. He is very foolish for doing so...So when he comes to wane on three crackers without sugar he will wish he was home. He might have waited till I came home...Tell him not to go if he can help it till I get home...


    Folds. Toning. A good regiment.


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