Its late in the day, but I promised an update or at least part one of a five part series on the 11th at Gettysburg..
Part 1 is going to be this .. And intro. Part 2, introduction of the officers.. Part 3 Prelude to Gettysburg, Part 4 Gettysburg.. Part 5 Post Gettysburg and a bit of what ever happened to.....
The regiment was made up of men from every county in the state at the time, except Gloucester. A good portion of them where from the top of the state, but there were men from Cape May, Atlantic, Ocean and also Burlington County, along with Salem and Cumberland..
They represented a broad range of the society of New Jersey at that. time. From the common laborer, dock workers, farmers and fisherman to accountants, lawyers, railroad men and teachers.
It takes almost 30 days from time the call goes out calling men for 3 years service, to the time they muster in in mid August 1862 in Trenton NJ. Given a broad range of weapons including .577 Springfields, enfields, .69 caliber smooth bores and even a belgian rifle or two. Its this mismash that will give the QM of the regiment headaches as they will hold on to this variety of weapons through out the conflict..
They muster in with 996 officers and men. Standard size for a regiment of the period. And given their first set of colors, both state and national during the muster in ceremony. The first national flag, tattered and war worn, has disappeared to history.. It was replaced post Gettysburg by another flag of which, it now rests in the State Archives at 225 State Street in Trenton.
They board the trains for Washington, about the time the Army of the Potomac is fighting for its life on the plains of Bull Run.... Their saga, their story has only just begun...