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Muster In: September 4, 18621
Muster Out: July 15, 18652

Commander(s):
Lt. Colonel Richard S. Thompson
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Major Henry F. Chew
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Captain Daniel Dare
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First Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army3,4

Second Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army6,7

Third Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army10,11

  • Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Thompson (July 31, 1864)12
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Fourth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army13,14

  • Commander:
    • Lt. Colonel Richard S. Thompson (wounded August 25, 1864)15
    • Captain Henry F. Chew (at least August 25-27, 1864)16,17
    • Captain Daniel Dare (August 31, 1864)18
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Fifth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army19

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Sixth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20

  • Commander: Captain Henry F. Chew (at least October 27-October 31, 1864)21,22
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Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army23

  • Commander: Captain Henry F. Chew (December 31, 1864)24
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Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: Third Brigade | Second Division | II Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army25,26

  • Commander: Major Henry F. Chew (January 31 & February 28, 1865)27,28
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Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles29:

  • Before Petersburg June 16-18.
  • Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.
  • Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23, 1864.
  • Demonstration north of the James July 27-29.
  • Deep Bottom July 27-28.
  • Demonstration north of the James August 13-20.
  • Strawberry Plains, Deep Bottom, August 14-18.
  • Ream’s Station August 25.
  • Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Watkins House March 25.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Boydton and White Oak Roads March 30-31.
  • Fall of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 3-9.
  • Sailor’s Creek April 6.
  • High Bridge, Farmville, April 7.
  • Appomattox Court House April 9.
  • Surrender of Lee and his army.

Bibliography:

Siege of Petersburg Documents Which Mention This Unit:

Sources:

  1. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
  2. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
  3. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p,. 221
  4. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 544
  5. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 12th New Jersey Entry, Page 108; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
  6. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), p,. 221
  7. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 544
  8. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 2 (Serial Number 81), p. 544
  9. Volume 13 (Ordnance Returns for the Second Quarter, April-June, 1864); 12th New Jersey Entry, Page 108; Summary Statements of Quarterly Returns of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores on Hand in Regular and Volunteer Army Organizations, 1862-1867, 1870-1876. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1281, Roll 7); Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, 1797-1969, Record Group 156; National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
  10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 253
  11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 730
  12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 3 (Serial Number 82), page 730
  13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
  14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 118, 130: “Return of Casualties in the Union Forces (August 1864)”
  15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pp. 331-333
  16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pp. 331-333
  17. Haines, W.P. History of the Men of Co. F, with Description of the Marches and Battles of the 12th New Jersey Vols. Gloucester County Historical Society, 1983, pp. 79-81: I want to thank Art Snellbaker for providing me with the contents of the pages mentioned in this footnote.  Art writes the following: “As to commanders, there is a report in Haines  “Men of Company F” Pp 79-81 by Lt. Colonel H.F. Chew, then a Major, about the action at Reams Station August 25, 1864. Chew reports that on that day the 12th was commanded by Lt. Col. Thompson. That he, Chew, was detailed to take the right of the regiment comprising companies F, A, I, B & H and deploy them as skirmishers.They were so engaged for about 3 hours and at about 3 o’clock General Smyth, the Brigade Commander, ordered them to return to the line as soon as possible. Upon their return an artillery round burst nearby and wounded Lt. Col. Thompson and some of the men. Thompson was carried to the rear and Chew assumed command of the regiment. ”
  18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 2 (Serial Number 88), page 613: “Organization of the Army of the Potomac…August 31, 1864”
  19. Sommers, Richard J. “Grant’s Fifth Offensive at Petersburg: A Study in Strategy, Tactics, and Generalship.  The Battle of Poplar Spring Church, the First Battle of the Darbytown Road, the Second Battle of the Squirrel Level Road, the Second Battle of the Darbytown Road (Ulysses S. Grant, Virginia).” Doctoral Thesis. Rice University, 1970. Print. p. 1298.
  20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), p. 459
  21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), p. 459
  22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 1 (Serial Number 87), pages 331-333
  23. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), p. 1116
  24. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), p. 1116
  25. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), p. 326
  26. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), p. 740
  27. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), p. 326
  28. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), p. 740
  29. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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