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|Twenty-ninth Infantry. Cols., Edwin F. Applegate, William R.
Taylor; Lieut.-Col, Joseph K. Davison; Maj., Joseph T. Field. This regiment was raised in
Monmouth county and rendezvoused at Camp Vredenburg, located on the old battle-ground near
Freehold. It was mustered into the service on Sept. 20, 1862, and left for Washington on
the 28th, with 39 officers and 866 enlisted men. Reaching Washington on the 30th, it went
into camp on East Capitol hill, where it was permanently brigaded with the 21st, 24th and
31st N. J. regiments, under command of Col. Robertson of the 24th. Cos. A, F, D and I
patroled the city of Fredericksburg while the conflict raged along the slopes, and
remained on that duty until the stormy night of Dec. 15, when they were the last to
withdraw, crossing upon the upper pontoons under a fierce cannonade from the enemy, which,
however, did not inflict a single casualty. The division of which the regiment formed a
part held an important position in the early days of the Chancellorsville campaign without
drawing on a serious engagement, though picket firing was steadily maintained, and having
accomplished its purpose in diverting the enemy's attention from the right of Hooker's
army recrossed the Rappahannock on May 2 under a heavy fire from the Confederate
batteries, the regiment losing 7 men killed or wounded. The term of service having
expired, the regiment marched with the brigade to Washington, while the remainder of the
army pushed on to overtake and vanquish Lee in his northward movement. Leaving the capital
on June 17, it reached Freehold two days afterward, where it was mustered out on the 28th.
The total strength of the regiment was 958, and it lost during its term of service by
resignation 4, by discharge 63, by promotion 6, by transfer 3, by death 40, by desertion
17, mustered out 825.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3