40th New Jersey Infantry

   

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Note: Each Company of the 40th Jersey was attached to 4th New Jersey Infantry, on arrival at the Siege of Petersburg, until the 6th Company (Co. F).  The 40th New Jersey then assumed Regimental organization some time after February 10, 1865 and was attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps.

Muster In: Organized at Trenton, N.J., February 2, 1865. Left State for Petersburg, Va., by Companies as follows:

Company “A” mustered in October 24, 1864, left State October 24, 1864.
Company “B” mustered in December 24, 1864, and January 12, 1865, left State December 24, 1864, and January 12, 1865.
Company “C” mustered in January 21, 1865, and left State January 21, 1865.
Company “D” mustered in January 27, and left State January 31, 1865.
Company “E” mustered in February 2, and left State February 6, 1865.
Company “F” mustered in February 9, and left State February 10, 1865.
Company “G” mustered in February 16, and left State February 17, 1865.
Company “H” mustered in February 22, and left State February 24, 1865.
Company “I” mustered in March 2, and left State March 4, 1865.
Company “K” mustered in March 10, and left State March 12, 1865.

Each Company attached to 4th New Jersey Infantry, on arrival, until 6th Company, then assumed Regimental organization some time after February 10, 1865, and attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps.1

Muster Out: July 13, 1865.2

Commander(s):
Colonel Stephen R. Gilkyson (of the 6th NJ)
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Captain John Edelstein
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Captain George Eggers
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First Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.3

Second Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.4

Third Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.5

Fourth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.6

Fifth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.7

Sixth Offensive Order of Battle:

  • Not present at the Siege of Petersburg.8

Seventh Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army9

  • Commander: Captain John Edelstein (December 31, 1864)10
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: This unit arrived at the Siege of Petersburg on December ??, 1864.
  • Note: The 40th New Jersey consisted of two (2) companies on December 31, 1864, Company A and part of Company B.11

Eighth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army (attached to 4th New Jersey)(January 1-31, 1865)12,13

  • Commander: Captain George Eggers (February 28, 1865)14
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:
  • Note: The 40th New Jersey consisted of three (3) companies during the month of January 1865.15
  • Note: The 40th New Jersey consisted of seven (7) companies during the month of February 1865.16
  • Note: The three companies of the 40th New Jersey present at the Siege of Petersburg were attached to the 4th New Jersey during the month of January 1865. The unit increased to seven companies by February 28, 1865 and was serving as an independent unit by that time.17,18
  • Note: This unit is listed in the casualty returns for the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865, implying it was present during the Eighth Offensive and the battle.19

Ninth Offensive Order of Battle: First Brigade | First Division | VI Corps | Army of the Potomac | Union Army20,21

  • Commander: Colonel Stephen R. Gilkyson (of the 6th NJ)(March 31, 1865)22
  • Unit Strength:
  • Weapons:

Dyer’s/Sifakis’ Compendium Info:
Siege of Petersburg Battles23:

  • Siege operations against Petersburg December, 1864, to April, 1865.
  • Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7, 1865.
  • Each Company attached to 4th New Jersey Infantry, on arrival, until 6th Company, then assumed Regimental organization some time after February 10, 1865, and attached to 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Army Corps.
  • Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9.
  • Assault on and capture of Petersburg April 2.
  • Pursuit of Lee April 3-9.
  • 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. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    4. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    5. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    6. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    7. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    8. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)
    9. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1119: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    10. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1119: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    11. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLII, Part 3 (Serial Number 89), page 1119: “Organization of the Union Forces” (December 31, 1864)
    12. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 329: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    13. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 67: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    14. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    15. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 329: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    16. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    17. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 329: “Organization of the Union Forces” (January 31, 1865)
    18. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Serial Number 96), page 743: “Organization of the Union Forces” (February 28, 1865)
    19. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 96), page 67: “Return of Casualties in the Union forces at Hatcher’s Run (otherwise known as Dabney’s Mill, Armstrong’s Mill, Rowanty Creek, and Vaughan Road)… (February 5-7, 1865)”
    20. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 571: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    21. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 586: “Return of casualties in the Union Forces commanded by Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, March 29-April 9, 1865”
    22. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Serial Number 95), page 571: “Organization of the Union Forces” (March 31, 1865)
    23. A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (Part 3)

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