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wounded and missing; Herman Hembold, killed; Garret Hogan,
missing; Henry P. Johnson, John Moser, Van Meter P. Hammer,
George Kessler, wounded; Cornelius I. Nevius, William N. Peer,
killed; James U. Palmer, John Rorrch, Robert Sorter, Joseph Sulli-
van, wounded; Henry C. Smith, Charles Scherer, killed; Charles K.
Smiley, Theodore Stainmets, wounded; John Staats, missing; Abrnm
Trauger, Peter I. Tenbroeck, wounded.

COMPANY B.

Capt. J.S. McDanolds, wounded ; Sergt. E. B. Nicholas, wounded in thigh;
Sergt. Samuel B. Dimly, wounded in leg; Sergt. C. W. Beegle,
Corp. D. Sharp, wounded; Corp. John L. Young, killed.

John II. Allen, wounded in hand; James 1). Baylor, killed; W. K. Bar-
ker', wounded; T. II. Barker, missing; F. M. Beegle, wounded ;
George Bilby, wounded dangerously ; 11. 11. Can', TIiob. Dougherty,
wounded; James Egbert, missing; Frank S. Fernald, killed; H.J.
V. Heed, A. G. King, wounded; Charles Hand, wounded in knee;
William Lipprrrcott, wounded in leg; Thomas Mitchell, woundeiMu
hand; John Mott, Wounded; Jural P. Mintoli, missing; John 0.
Martin, killed; William Scbenck, wounded in head; Clinton Swick,
woundeil in knee; A. R. Skinner, wounded; William Siduer, killed;
John Shoror, Patrick Tim. irons, wonride.l; Chailes K. Vorrght, Geo.
Vnesler, killed; 0. W. Vossler, wounded arrd missing; S. S. Varr
Ness, wounded; George Welter, killed; John A. Wilson, wounded.

COMPANY C:
Capt. Lewis Van Blarconr, wounded arrd missing; Lieut. William \V.
Van Voy, Sergt. John Van Houten, killed; Sergt. Israel D. Lrnii,
wounded; Corp. William Trelease, wuunded and missing; Corp
Manuel Johnson, wounded; Corp. John A. Cliff, missing; Color-
Sergt. Samuel Rubndun, killed.

Privates.
Alfred M. Armstrong, wounded; William Bailey, William D. Briggs,
missing ; Samuel D. Doty, Lewis L. Davis, wounded ; Edgar A. Far-
rand, John Guy, killed ; Charles II. Guerirr, Dennis Heilron, George
Hull, wounded; Jeremiah Haycock, Andrew J. Jennings, killed;
Mobcs Laramie, missing; John Miller", Edwin 0. Kegor, John Rutan,
killed ; Lewis Tinner, Silas Trowbridge, wounded.

COMPANY D
Cupt. James Walker, killed; Sergt. William Doland, wounded in arm;

Corp. Siml'oid Si ions, wounded seriously; Corp. Peter Gundermau,

wounded; Corp. Wilbur F. Ilurrla, Corp. George Dennis, killed;
Corp. Juntos H. Tonvillcger, missing.



* From a" Historical Sketch of the Fifteenth Regiurent Now Jersey
Voluntee.s," by a mflUlboi of the regiment.



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Prloatm.
Wesley M, Ayros, missing; John Bowman, wounded slightly; Albert L,

Cornier, w nl.-il; I.i- .nnnl II.-. Lit. loll.-, I; Willi;, in (.'. Dickcrsoll,

missing; Alpheu Decker, John Bniery, w „i,-.|; Martin Fred-
ericks, killed; I nso I'. Fulfbrcl, mlMlng; U geT. Kullln, Patrick

Hughes, killed ; John Hopkins, Stephen Buiikine Abm. Ilendershoi,

David II.-i,i1.-ii.Ii. .1, Juhn II urd, wounded j Alfred II. .!..• I.-

Aiiialiiiin Jolinsou, missing ; Barnard Jolinsun, wounded andnibv-

lug; Wilson T. Labur, >» Uevker, wounded; Johu Uoran,

kl I; James Hangau, mlsslug; Patrick Mullen, killed; Jobn M.

Minion, missing; .1 ph K. Itngem, William Stuart, Gi

Strlpps, Jacob youth, w ided; Ik.uh.- Sharp, William -V Wooeter,

, Willtuui A. Ward, killed.

COMPANY V.

Cupt. Ellis M.iiiiili Lieut, James W. Penrose, Bergt. Euoe 0. Iludd,

Bergt. Pblueas K. Skelllnger, Sergt. Lewis H. Sal Corp. Aloiiu

Ueddln, OorjN Joseph K. Crater, Corp. Charles I.. Uilligau, Corp.
W. II. K. Emmaus, Corp. Peter .1. Sutton, wouuded.

Joseph Ami v, ll.-iu-j II. Berry, wouuded; Charles Covert, D

Fi.ul.l~, killed; Dulah b'rutchy, J.i - U, Ingle, Abraham Jacobus,

David 0. I,i. hi/. Whitfield Luki-, Jn ■ Lutterel [Latourelto], An-
drew -I. Opdyka, funk II. O'Nell, wounded; Jacob A Peckwell,
killed; Andrew K. Salmon, Lawrence II. Wise, wouuded; Kilos Wll-

♦liii.i killed.

COMPANY 0.

1.1. hi. Henry M. Fowler, wouuded ami missing; Bergt. William E. Tiiiu-

iii-i. killed; Bergl Jucob , wounded; Sergt. William M.

Thomp orgt, Jucob K. Thatcher, Corp. Julm Bocock,

wouuded ; Curp. Johu Uai ren, mlsslug,

Prfeafss,

William Ashcroft, Nathan Culver, wouuded ; G ge Honey, Cornelius

King, mlsslug; James 0. Myers, wdlmded; Bimeoii 0. Podrick, niis-

J hnBe r, v, ided ; Johu M. Smith, Levi Stull, killed ;

WDJUun II. Wyckon*, G ge I'. Wag r, I ided.

COMPANY II.

Sergt. John B. Lunger, killed ; Sergt. Juntos Di Ily, wouuded; Curp.

J 1 0. I 'ml. ii. I. Corp. Albert II. Greely, killed; Corp. John Mow-

der, Corp. William u. Bailey, wounded.

TVfsafSs.

Uiii. K. Archer, killed; William Black, wouuded, k; Win. .1. Bodiuo,

William 8. Cearfus, killed; Willi Imlsley, Garner 11. Deremer,

wounded; Isaac K. Deremer, missing; George Duflbld,

Jacob l>. Garralson, killed; David Hoffman, wounded; William

Howard, missing; Sdwurtl h' Kltchell, w led; Jucob I.. Lunger,

" led, hand; Jumes Murphy, killed; Isaac Medlck, wouuded,

ui in ..il; Abraham Rush, William Segulue, John Slack, wouuded;
Jc sph it. Stools, killed.; Samuel Trimmer, wuuuded, hand; Blmuu
W. Van II- -in, u, Mini,, I

i mii'.wv l

Sergt. Jumes K. Cole, " led and missing ; Sergt Charles C. SImiauu,

Ooip. Jobn K, l'i,-i.-, Coin William V I, killed; Corp. William II

Case, missing.

/', fsotss.

Klcholas V. Il i.-n. wouuded; Edward Durdls, kill,, I; Johu Drake,

" ided; Auannhu Drake, wouuded, breast; Kathan Burls, wuuuded

lu seven [daces; Muses Kelmer, mlsslug ; John Quudeiman, killed;

Austin Gitnderman, wuuuded, leg; Hour) I. Heudershot, a ided;

Ni I- -ii B il irdli k, s led, -i- in. \, Uuuterdou, wuuuded;

David M ■ I. ill, -I (v. I„, I iu.,1 j Horn -. Mai II

Pel wouuded; William N. Padget, ml g; John I'. Pudget,

wouuded; IraM Stuart, w led, Imud; Eph i8huy,« led;

Alfred J. Taylor, i ;.- I i,

COMPANY K
Sergt Martin 0. Vnu flllder, Sergt. James W, Mull.,,. Corp, Petal
s h,i orp. ,1.. - Cassidy, wuui

tonne Byrnm, wounded, head; M louth Boyd, wounded, arm and -1,1.-.

Uhlleon Brown, wounded; Sewiian Uonkllu, mlsslug; Juhu Card,
Jr., « i.i.-i. Daulul L, Cuykendull, Wll Hi Igiiu, Benjamin



51. Hongh, missing; Murdeoil W. Holly, wonnded, arm; I
Kent, killed ; James Lacy, n.i-i ig ; Sidney N. Houks, kill
Mnllery, wounded, dangerously; Dowduiu Hlddangh, I
dock, " Vim Blper, « led, blp.

Capt. Hamilton ami many others in the above list
reported a- " wounded 7 ' subse [uently died of their in-
juries.

\Ii.\ in_' southward in the Hank movement to Pet< i -

burg, tin' regi n( became engaged at the North and

South Anna Rivers, at Hanover Court-house, a! Tol-
opotomy, ami at Cold Harbor. On tin- last-named
field it suffered a loss of twenty-live. "In the
charge," says Foster, "tin- Fifteenth and Tenth K
incuts reached a position on a hillock, which tiny held

when tlic line was liroken on either side of them, ami

which they began to intrench upon at Btindou n On

tin:; lit le lull' k the? remained for the greater part

of the next ten days, ami from it many never came

alive. The firing from the enemy was almost i -

Btant, ami whenever a man raised his head above tin'

surface he was almost certain to be struck. . . . The
dust, the greai heat, the confined space, ami tin- dead
bodies buried just under tin- Burface soon rendered
the place most offensive. Day after da) passed, line
alter line of works was constructed, the number of
dead and wounded increased, but still the regiment

was not taken from this horrible place till, on the

night of the 12th [June], it marched for James
River*."

In the subsequent campaign in the Shenandoah
valley tin- Fifteenth took conspicuous part ami fully
sustained it- reputation. It fought at Strasburg ami
at Winchester, losing seventy men in the two .
ments. At Opequan it lost about fifty men, killed
ami wounded. On the ^lst of August it lost seven-
teen mure. It behaved gallantly at Fisher's Hill 0:1
the 22d, ami took pari in the pursuit of tin- flying

enemy to Staunton.

October 19th, at Cedar Creek,— the famous battle-
field to which Sheridan rode "from Winchester,
twenty mile- away,"— after parts of the Eighth and
Nineteenth Corps had been surprised ami routed,
" the Sixth t 'i.ij.s nn, veil rapidly by a Hank across tin-
track of their advance, ami the Jersej brigade occu-
pied the most advanced and difficult position, holding
it firmly under Bevere fire." In this action all the
color-guard except three were slain. Col. Campbell
was wounded, ami Maj, Lambert Boeman (previously
of the Fifteenth, hut then in command of the Tenth
\.u Jersey) was killed. Corp. Mowder fell dead,
ami the rebels Beized the Stat,- colors ir.un his stiff-
ening hand. This, the only flag the regiment ever
lost, was retaken that night, ami returned next day

!■, tin- Fifteenth. This was the last Bghl of the Fif-
teenth iii tin- Shenandoah valley. In December it

rejoined, with its corps, the Army of the I' ac

befon Petersburg, Ii was never again heavil] en-

though a participant in tin' final assault of

April •_'. 1865. LTpon the Burrendi ■ fit'-



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teenth was sent to Danville, Va., from whence, after
five or six weeks' bivouac, it was, in the latter part of
May, transported to Trenton, N. J., where it was dis-
banded, and the surviving members (eighteen officers
and three hundred and ninety-eight enlisted men) re-
turned to their homes.*

The number of deaths which occurred in the regi-
ment during its term of service was: From disease,
ninety-nine; from wounds, two hundred and forty-
seven ; in rebel prisons, fifteen ; total, three hundred
and sixty-one.

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1880, the sixteenth anniver-
sary of the battle of Cedar Creek, in which the Fif-
teenth New Jersey Infantry Regiment had a proud
participation, was celebrated at Hackettstown, War-
ren Co., and for the first time its members met to-
gether since they had been mustered out of service.
It was a memorable occasion, — one of the most pleas-
ant social reunions that has ever been witnessed in
this part of the State. Among the several hundred
veterans present were Gen. (late Lieut. -Col.) Edward
L. Campbell, Maj. E. W. Davis, Chaplain A. A.
Haines, Adjt. Edmund D. Halsey, Capt. James S.
McDanolds, Capt. James Penrose, Capt. Lewis Van
Blarcom (who lost a leg at Spottsylvania), Sergt. Lar-
ison, and Corp. Jacob Stutz, of Company F, who each
captured at Spottsylvania a Confederate flag. Chap-
lain Haines, of Hamburg, this county, was appointed
historian and requested to prepare a complete history
of the regiment. A permanent organization was
effected, with the following officers: President, Gen.
E. L. Campbell ; Secretary, Adjt. E. D. Halsey ;
Treasurer, Chaplain A. A. Haines. A few prefatory
sentences from the address delivered on this occasion
by the latter are presented :

"Comrades, — After fifteen years we meet again!
How impressive are the circumstances which call us
together! We who gather to-day, the survivors of
that noble regiment that eighteen years ago New
Jersey sent forth to the battle-field, are but a little
band. In war and in peace has death been making
inroads upon our ranks, and the brave and the noble
have been leaving us. Yet what band of men are
bound together by more hallowed associations? Ten-
der and strong are the ties that link us. Words fail,
and tongues of mortals cannot speak of the emotions
that come from our full hearts and choke our utter-
ance and blind our eyes, as we clasp hands once
more and listen to well-remembered voices. We have
passed through more than the mere baptism of blood.
In thirty-six battles have bullets and shells been
hurled in deadly lire upon our battalions. In thirty-
six battles have we seen our comrades pour out their
precious blood for the laud they loved, and often from

I ifficoi'S I enlisted niMi originally mustered 'J17

Officers mid enlisted turn subsequently f;;iiin-il \)-i\

Tutnl strength of the regiment 1871

Officers mid enlisted men miutered out May, 188B ■in;

A loss, during its term of service, »f 1455



our own wounds have the red drops fallen on the Vir-
ginia soil. Few regiments ever suffered so heavy
losses in actual killed and disabled on the field of
battle. We never turned our backs on the foe ; and,
when other regiments might break, though torn and
bleeding, we never yielded a position we were sent to
hold."

Ii.— THE TWENTV-SEYim'II REGIMENT.

The Twenty-seventh New Jersey Infantry Regi-
ment was raised in Morris and Sussex Counties, the
latter furnishing as full companies those bearing the
letters A, D, H, and K, and one-third or more of com-
panies E and F, being fully the one-half the regi-
ment. It rendezvoused at " Camp Frelinghuysen,"
Newark, and was mustered in Sept. 3, 1862, for nine
months' service. The full strength of the command
was one thousand and eighty-eight members, em-
braced in eleven companies. Its "officers and men,
alike in physical strength and robust capacities of en-
durance, were equal to any in the service."

It left the State for the field Oct. 9, 1802, being at
that time officered as follows: Colonel, George \V.
Mindil; Lieutenant-Colonel, Edwin S. Babcock;
Major, Augustus D. Blanchet; Adjutant, William H.
Lambert; Quartermaster, James B. Titman; Surgeon,
John B. Richmond, M.D. ; Assistant Surgeon, J. H.
Stiger, M.D. ; Chaplain, Rev. John Faull. Its com-
panies were at the same time commanded by Capts.
Charles F. Feruald (A), John T. Alexander (B),
David S. Allen (C), Thomas Anderson (D), George
W. Crane (E), Daniel Bailey (F), James Plant (G),
Samuel Dennis (H), Alfred H. Condict (I), Edward
S. Baldwin (K), and Henry F. Willis (L).

It arrived in Washington October 11th, and on the
29th of that month crossed into Virginia, going into
camp near Alexandria. December 10th it was as-
signed to the Second Brigade, First Division, Ninth
Army Corps.

On the 12th of December it crossed the Rappahan-
nock, and was for the first time exposed to the fire of
the enemy. Although not brought into close conflict,
the regiment was sufficiently exposed to test the
bravery and trustworthiness of its officers and men.

In February, 1863, the Twenty-seventh proceeded to
Newport News via Aquia Creek, and there went into
camp, establishing it in city style with eleven streets,
each graded and guttered and bordered by sidewalks.
Although but the temporary home of the regiment, it
Wiis the comment of all visitors and the pride of its
members.

March 19, 1863, the regiment broke camp, and at
the landing disembarked on 'the steamer "John A.
Warner" for Baltimore; thence it moved by rail to
Parkersburg, W. Va., and by steamer to Cincinnati,
Ohio, where it was roview.ed by Gen. Burnside, who
had been assigned to the command of the Department
of the Ohio. The Twenty-seventh then proceeded to
Lexington, and was the first Eastern regiment to



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move into Central Kentucky in aid of out cavalry,
who, weak in numbers, were heroically Btru
against the advancing forces of the enemy. The re-
mainder of March and the fore-parl of April were
spent in marches and in support of the Union cavalry
in theii operations in the vicinity of Heckman's
Bridge, Stanford, etc. At Stanford the Twenty-
Beventh was joined by the regiments with which it
was brigaded in Virginia. This infantry force moved,
mi the evening of xpril 26, 1863, to Somerset, ICy.,
then joining a cavalry expedition which, under com-
mand of i '"I. Wolford, was sent out to repi
marauders from the southern counties of the Stat ■.
Returning from tliis, the object accomplished, the
regiment mel with a sad calamity in crossing the
rland River, near Somerset, Ky., on the 6th of
\Lr " \s the 8 ii containing almost the last detach-
ment '>t' the Twenty-seventh — some fifty men — had
reached tic- middle of the Btream, the men who wer i
pulling it across suddenly and unaccountably I i
their hold of the rope, and the boat, swinging around
broadside to the current, drifted rapidly down the
Btream towards the lower rope, by which the artillery

were crossing Lb they neared it a number of the

men leaped up Buddenly to grasp it ; the sudden rush
to the one Bide and the abrupt check to the progress
of the flat caused it to dip, till with water, and pre-
cipitate the men headlong into the river \ few

managed to reached the shor i, . . . but the
and veteran officer Oapt. Alexander, with thirty-two
men. was carried I i the bottom and drowned." . . .
Of those who perished, three were from Walpack and

Stillwater, Sussex Co.

The term of Bervice of the Twenty-seventh expired
June 8, 1868, but it continued in the field until the
l.'iiii, when it took up its homeward march, and was

n i n -ten, I out of service at Newark, N. .1., July 2, lsii:).



CHAPTER XV.

SUSSEX AND WARREN IN THE WAR OF TECS
REBELLION iContiuuedt.

r.— THE HARRIS LIOI1 C I \ \ AI.HY.

Two companies of the Harris Light (Second New
York i ( lavalry were raised by ' len. i then Lieut. -( lol.
Judson Kilpatrick aim >st exclusively in Sussex
County. The larger part of Company A was re-
cruited by Lieut. George V. Griggs, of Newton.

This e panj was filled up to the required number

alter reaching New York by a few enlist nts in the

city and several recruit- from the vieinitv of Orange,

•on i.-i ill, Juno L7th, Information wai i

thru teii.t.'i .■ I [ta aortlcm to tha Prcaidont of the Unit

in repelling tho propoied reiiel rnovemcut, and lha] i

reniidiicd in tho >i. ■■>■■> ol Pittsburgh and Darriabnrg f..i tan day*, an I

until tl»' daiigor had [iaaaod. n thou ■ >ntinnod it- homoward j lUrnry,



N. J. Company I! was raised to the full standard
before leaving Newton. Henry Grinton took an
active part in raising this company, and was made its
lir-t lieutenant. Edwin I ■ . I . Syl-

r( ooke. of the Clove Presbyterian Church, was
selected by Gen. Kilpatrick to be captain of I
pany I!.

The men were enrolled at the Cochran House, in
Neuion. on the morning of Aug. 5, 1861, and left for
New York on the afternoon train nndi
Kilpatrick. A large crowd of people ass, -ml, Id at
Hi • depot to bid them farewell, but few, it' any. re-
alized the important part they were to play in the
great war, and that, however brilliant their services
might be, New York, and not New Jersey, would re-
ceive the en-, lit.

Upon arriving in New York the men were quar-
tered at the Westchester House for the night, and the
next morning were duly mustered into the United
Stat, - Bervice for three year- or during the war.
Lieut. Griggs returned to Sussex to gather more re-
cruits, Capt. Cooke to settle liis affairs tit home, and
i were sent, August 9th, to form a camp of
instruction at Searsdale, under Capt. A. \. Duffie,
who had been appointed to Company A, ami who
had previ tualy seen service in the French army. A
young Englishman by the name of George Tall re-
ported for duty as st 1 lieutenant, and was a -

to Company B. Lieut. Griggs also reported at the
camp with a sufficient number of men to fill his com-
pany. Two companies from C tecticut, under

of Capt. W. H. M til lory, joint '1 the camp, and
others followed in ipiick succession. Late in
the "Sussex squadron" (as it was always called] and
the Connecticut squadron were taken by Kilpatrick
i , Washington, where, east of the Capitol, he estab-
lished a camp, which he called "Camp Su
Here the regiment rapidly filled up, and was fully
organized, with J. Mansfield Davies as colonel, Kil-
patrick a- Lieutenant-colonel, and Henry E. Davies, Jr.,
as major. Companies A and I! were detailed
,• panj the brigade of Col. E. I'. Baker, the white-
haired senator, to Poolesville, Md., where they wit-
nessed, but 'li'l not participate in, the battle of Ball's
B u i. It "as these men who. leaving their horses on
the Maryland side, went over in the miserable mud-
scows and brought away the bodj of the noble old
patriot, and all night long busied themselves in bring-
i the wounded. Capt Cooke also spent the
night in ministering to the wounded, and was highly

praised lor his humanity.

■ Baker bad won the hearts of the Sussex squad-
ron by a characteristic a 't of generosity. Learning
that no paymaster had been Bent to these men. be rode
into their camp one day shortly before his death and,
through Capts. Duffle and Cooke, distributed to them,
a- a loan, several hundred dollars of his ,>\\ a i

After the Ball's Bluff battle the two companies
\\,ie reiurne, 1 to the regiment, which had been as-



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signed to the division of Gen. Irwin McDowell, and
had gone into winter camp across the Potomac, on
Arlington Heights.

Under a new law of Congress authorizing cavalry
regiments to have battalion organizations, Capts.
Duffle and Mallory were promoted majors, and the
Sussex squadron, with Companies I and K, was as-
signed to Maj. Duffle, and was named the Third Bat-
talion. To fill the vacant captaincy of Company A,
a sergeant named Luke McGwin, from Gen. Stone-
man's old company in the regular army, was ap-
pointed. A long and dangerous attack of typhoid
fever nearly ended and sadly delayed Lieut. Griggs'
promotion.

Capt. McGwin was a hard man. Notwithstanding
his own long service in the ranks, he apparently had
no feeling for his men. In his efforts to bring their
discipline to absolute perfection he incurred the
hatred of the entire company. Unlike his old com-
rade, Sergt. Benjamin C. Berry, who came at the
same time to be captain of Company K, he had
neither the respect of his men nor the friendly regard
of his brother-officers. Throughout the winter the
drill and discipline of the entire regiment were very
severe, but the men, and especially the Sussex squad-
ron, wanted to learn to be good soldiers, and did not
object to rigid discipline so long as it did not descend
to cruelty. Kilpatrick desired the men to be thor-
oughly drilled and disciplined, but he had very decided
notions about a high dashing spirit being necessary
to a good cavalryman. He was mortally offended by
McGwin's treatment of his company, and the latter
left the regiment. Lieut. Southard was then pro-
moted captain of Company A.

So proficient in drill had the regiment become that
at McClellan's grand review at Bailey's Cross-Roads
it was selected to make a sham charge before Abra-
ham Lincoln and the numerous distinguished specta-
tors who had come out of the national capital to see
the splendid pageant of an army of one hundred
thousand soldiers — infantry, artillery, and cavalry —
moving, in full view, on a broad open plain.

At the first advance on the works of Manassas, in
March, 1862, the Harris Light Cavalry and the Sixth
United States Cavalry constituted McClellan's escort.
The Harris Light entered the burning works in time
to drive out a small rear-guard, but there was little
fighting.

When Gen. McClellan transferred the Army of the
Potomac to the Peninsula, the Harris Light remained
with McDowell and led the first advance on Freder-
icksburg, in April, 1862. Within a few miles of Fred-
ericksburg, about April 12th, the first hard fighting
was done by the regiment. The enemy were steadily
forced back during the afternoon to near Falmouth,
oppposite Fredericksburg, when a grand charge was
made by the Confederate cavalry, which Kilpatrick
promptly met by a counter-charge, that broke their
lines and cleared the way to Falmouth for our stead-



ily-advancing infantry, which pressed on to the front
and went into bivouac. The Harris Light lost several
men in this engagement, among them Lieut. Decker,
a very promising young officer, who was killed in the
charge. At midnight the Harris Light, under Kil-
patrick, and the First Pennsylvania Cavalry, under
Col. George D. Bayard (also a Jerseyman), moved
out to the left and attempted to pass around the ene-
emy's right flank, but, being misled into an ambush
by a traitorous guide, encountered a terrible fire from
infantry behind hastily-erected breastworks, and were
bloodily repulsed. The long winter's discipline was
well repaid by the coolness and rapidity with which
the regiment responded to every order, except that
one stentorian command given at the first repulse by
Kilpatrick: "Fetch up the artillery!" There was
no friendly artillery within several miles, but all un-
derstood Kilpatrick's well-meant intention to scare
the rebels, and even in that first bloody night's work
men laughed at it like hardened veterans. A squad-
ron of the First Pennsylvania and some companies oi



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