The Civil War in the East

5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment


The 5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment lost 12 officers and 126 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 85 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 5th New Jersey Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg



Organized at Camp Olden, Trenton, N.J. under Colonel Samuel H. Starr

August 22

Mustered in

August 29

Left State for Washington, D.C. for duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C. attached to Casey's Provisional Division, Army of the Potomac


Attached to 3rd Brigade, Hooker's Division, Army of the Potomac

November 3-11

Expedition to Lower Maryland


At Meridian Hill


Colonel Starr commanded brigade as senior colonel.


Near Budd's Ferry, Md.


March 10

Seizure of Cockpit Point

March 13

Brigade designated as 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, still under command of Colonel Starr.

April 5-8

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

April 10-May 5

Siege of Yorktown

May 5

Battle of Williamsburg. Colonel Starr wounded.

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines. Captain Ashbel W. Angel of Company A wounded.


Duty near Seven Pines

June 25-JuIy 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 25

Action at Oak Grove, near Seven Pines

June 29

Savage Station

June 30


July 1

Malvern Hill


At Harrison's Landing

August 15-26

Movement to Centreville

August 26-September 2

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 27

Action at Bristoe Station or Kettle Run

August 29

Battles of Groveton

August 30

Bull Run

September 1



Duty in the Defenses of Washington, near Alexandria

October 20

Colonel Starr resigns, "no longer able to serve in the volunteers with satisfaction to myself or without humiliation." He returns to the Regulars with the rank of major. Colonel William J. Sewell takes command of the regiment.

October 21

Captain Angel of Company A promoted to major

November 1-28

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

November 28-December 11

Duty at Falmouth

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.



At Falmouth

January 20-24

"Mud March"

February 5-7

Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

Major Angel wounded.

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Col. William J. Sewell, who was wounded on July 2nd. Sewell was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Chancellorsville in May two months before Gettysburg, and went on to become a State and U.S. Senator. Capt. Henry H. Woolsey took command for the rest of the battle even though he was slightly wounded on July 2nd.


The 5th brought 221 men to the field and lost 13 killed, 65 wounded and 16 missing.


From the monument: "The regiment first held the skirmish line 400 yards to the front and left of this spot, and afterwards took position in the line of battle here."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap

July 23

Wapping Heights, Manassas Gap, Va.


Duty near Warrenton

October 9-22

Bristoe Campaign

October 15

McLean's Ford

November 7-8

Advance to line of the Rappahannock

November 7

Kelly's Ford

November 26-December 2

Mine Run Campaign

November 27

Payne's Farm


Duty near Brandy Station


February 5-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan


Atached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-12


May 12-21

Spotsylvania Court House

May 12

Assault on the Salient "Bloody Angle,"

May 19

Harris Farm, Fredericksburg Road

May 23-26

North Anna River

May 23-24

Ox Ford

May 26-28

On line of the Pamunkey

May 28-31


June 1-12

Cold Harbor

June 16-18

Before Petersburg; Siege of Petersburg begns

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road

June 24

In trenches before Petersburg

July 2

Colonel Sewell resigns. Colonel Ashbel W. Angel takes command of the regiment.

July 12-26

In Reserve Camp

July 27-29

Demonstration north of the James

July 27-28

Deep Bottom

August 13-20

Demonstration north of the James

August 14-18

Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom

August 25

Ream's Station

September 7

Non-Veterans mustered out at Trenton, N.J. under Colonel Angel.

September 10

Fort Sedgwick

September 10 to October 1

Duty in trenches before Petersburg in lines from Fort Morton to Fort Alexander Hays

October 1

Poplar Springs Church

October 2-5

Yellow House

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

November 5

Fort Morton

November 6

Consolidated with 7th New Jersey Infantry


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