The Civil War in the East

8th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment


The 8th New Jersey Infantry Regiment lost 9 officers and 167 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 officer and 109 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War.


It is honored by a monument at Gettysburg.

Monument to the 8th New Jersey Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg



Organized at Camp Olden, Trenton, N.J.

September 14

Mustered in under Colonel Adolphus J. Johnson

October 1

Left State for Washington, D.C. At Meridian Hill Attached to Casey's Provisional Brigade, Division of the Potomac

November 3-11

Expedition to lower Maryland attached to 3rd Brigade, Hooker's Division, Army of the Potomac

December 6

Duty at Budd's Ferry, Md.



Attached to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

April 5-8

Moved to the Virginia Peninsula

April 10-May 4

Siege of Yorktown, Va.

May 5

Battle of Williamsburg

May 31-June 1

Battle of Fair Oaks (or Seven Pines)

June 2-25

Duty near Seven Pines

June 25-July 1

Seven days before Richmond

June 25

Action at Oak Grove, near Seven Pines

June 29

Battle of 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

Battle of Groveton

August 30

Second Battle of Bull Run

September 1


November 1

Duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C.

November 1-28

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

November 28-December 11

Duty near Falmouth, Va.

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg



At Falmouth

January 20-24

"Mud March"

February 5-7

Operations at Rappahannock Bridge and Grove Church

March 19

Colonel Johnson Resigned

April 1

John Ramsey promoted to colonel

April 27-May 6

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

June 11-July 24

Gettysburg Campaign

July 1-3

Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel John Ramsey until he was wounded on July 2nd. Captain John Langton then took command.


From the monument: "8th New Jersey Volunteers, Col. John Ramsay. Engaged here July 2nd, 1863, being detached from the Brigade. Supported batteries on Cemetery Ridge July 3. Took into action 170. Killed 7. Wounded 7 officers, 31 men. Missing 2. Total 47."

July 5-24

Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va.

July 23

Wapping Heights, Va.


Duty near Warrenton, Va.

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 6-7

Demonstration on the Rapidan


Attached to 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 2nd Army Corps

May 3-June 15

Campaign from the Rapidan to the James attached to 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Army Corps

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, or 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 begins

June 22-23

Jerusalem Plank Road

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 10

Fort Sedgwick

September 29-
October 2

Poplar Springs Church

October 2-5

Yellow House

October 27-28

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run

December 7-12

Warren's Raid on Weldon Railroad


February 5-7

Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run

The regiment was commanded by Major Hartford and lost 11 enlisted men killed and 2 officers and 35 enlisted men wounded.

March 25

Watkins' House

March 28-April 9

Appomattox Campaign

March 30-31

Boydton and White Oak Roads

March 31

Crow's House

April 2

Fall of Petersburg

April 3-9

Pursuit of Lee

April 6

Sailor's Creek

April 7

High Bridge, Farmville

April 9

Appomattox Court House

Surrender of Lee and his army.

May 2-12

March to Washington. D.C.

May 23

Grand Review


Duty at Washington

July 17

Mustered out under Colonel Ramsey

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