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28th New Jersey Infantry

Regimental History
Twenty-eighth Infantry. — Col., Moses N. Wisewell; Lieut. -Cols., Edward A. L. Roberts, John A. Wildrick; Maj., Samuel K. Wilson, Jr. This regiment, recruited in Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Camden and Gloucester counties, was mustered into service at Freehold, on Sept. 22, 1862. Col. Wisewell, who took charge of the regiment at its organization, was a man of fine intellectual capacity and soon acquired a marked hold on the confidence of the men, which he retained until November following, when, obtruding upon his command in a public address certain offensive avowals with reference to the war and the gubernatorial contest then in progress in New Jersey, he became obnoxious to a large portion of the regiment. His courage, however, was undoubted, and at the battle of Fredericksburg he led his regiment with great gallantry, falling severely wounded and being carried from the field, to which he was unable to return until June, 1863. Lieut.-Col. Roberts came from New York and commanded the regiment from Dec. 14, 1862, until Jan. 2, 1863, when he was discharged for tendering his resignation in the face of the enemy. Lieut.-Col. Wildrick, who had been a captain in the 2nd regiment, then assumed command and by his sound judgment and wise exercise of authority, soon made the regiment one of the most effective in the brigade to which it belonged. He led it with great bravery in the battle of Chancellorsville, where he was taken prisoner, but being exchanged returned to the field shortly afterward and was discharged with the regiment. Maj. Wilson commanded the regiment for a short time in Jan., 1863, and also in the following May, and was discharged with it upon the expiration of its term of service. The regiment, 940 strong, left Freehold on Oct. 4, 1862, reached Washington on the night of the 5th, encamped on Capitol hill, where it was furnished a few days afterward with Springfield muskets. On the 13th it marched into Virginia and was attached to Gen. Abercrombie's command, later to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 2nd army corps. At Fredericksburg it lost nearly 200 men, at Chancellorsville 30, and its term of service expiring it was mustered out on July 6, 1863.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 3

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