United States Regiments & Batteries > New Jersey > Fifth New Jersey Infantry Regiment

The Fifth 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.

The regiment was organized at Camp Olden, Trenton, New Jersey.
August 22 The Fifth New Jersey Infantry Regiment mustered in under the command of Colonel Samuel H. Starr.
August 29 Left New Jersey for Washington, D.C. Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C. attached to Casey’s Provisional Division, Army of the Potomac
October Attached to 3rd Brigade, Hooker’s Division, Army of the Potomac
November 3-11 Expedition to Lower Maryland
November At Meridian Hill
November Colonel Starr commanded the brigade as senior colonel.
December Near Budd’s Ferry, Md.
March 10 Seizure of Cockpit Point
March 13 Brigade designated as 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac, still under command of Colonel Starr.
April 5-8

Peninsula Campaign

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

April 10-May 5

Siege of Yorktown

May 5

Battle of Williamsburg

Colonel Starr was wounded.

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks or Seven Pines

Captain Ashbel W. Angel of Company A was wounded.

June 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

July-August 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

Battle of Groveton

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas)

September 1

Battle of Chantilly

September-October Duty in the Defenses of Washington near Alexandria
October 20 Colonel Starr resigned, “no longer able to serve in the volunteers with satisfaction to myself or without humiliation.” He returned to the Regulars in the 6th United States Cavalry with the rank of major.

Colonel William J. Sewell took command of the regiment. He would go on to become a State and U.S. Senator.

October 21 Captain Angel of Company A was promoted to major
November 1-28 Movement to Falmouth, Va.
November 28-December 11 Duty at Falmouth
December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

January-April 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 was wounded. Colonel William J.  Sewell was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The Fifth New Jersey Infantry Regiment was commanded at Gettysburg by Colonel William J. Sewell, who was wounded on July 2nd. Captain 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 at Gettysburg:

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, Virginia.

August-September 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

December Duty near Brandy Station
February 5-7 Demonstration on the Rapidan
March Atached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Corps
May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 5-7

Battle of the Wilderness

May 8-21

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

First Assault on Petersburg

June 16-18

Siege of Petersburg

June 22-23 Jerusalem Plank Road
June 24 In trenches before Petersburg
July 2 Colonel Sewell resigned. Colonel Ashbel W. Angel took 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, New Jersey, under the command of 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 The Fifth New Jersey Infantry Regiment was consolidated with 7th New Jersey Infantry