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2nd New Jersey Militia

Regimental History
Second Regiment — Militia. — Col., Henry M. Baker; Lieut.-Col., Abraham Speer; Maj., John J. Van Buskirk. This regiment was mustered into the service of the United States at Trenton, May 1, 1861, to serve for three months, and left the state for Washington, D. C, on May 3, with 36 commissioned officers and 709 non-commissioned officers and privates, a total of 745. Upon the arrival of the troops at Annapolis the fact was at once reported to Gen. Butler, who ordered their advance to Washington, and on May 5, six companies of the 2nd, with all of the 1st and nine companies of the 3d, started forward in two trains of cars. The other four companies of the 2nd, left at Annapolis, were detailed, by order of Gen. Scott, to the duty of guarding the telegraph and railroad track between Washington and Annapolis Junction. Later the regiment was united and went into camp on Meridian hill, where, on the evening of May 23, the 2nd, 3d and 4th regiments were paraded in heavy marching order, supplied with one day's rations, and about midnight took up the line of march in silence for the bridge that spanned the Potomac, which was reached at 2 o'clock on the morning of the 24th. The bridge being crossed, the 2nd was posted at Roach's spring, and the 3d and 4th about half a mile beyond on the Alexandria road. On June 18 the regiment was ordered, in company with a portion of the 4th, to proceed to Alexandria, where it remained until its term of service expired, when it returned to New Jersey and was mustered out at Trenton on July 31, 1861. The total strength of the regiment was 774 and it lost during its term of service, by resignation 3, by promotion 4, by discharge 4, by transfer 7, by desertion 3, and unaccounted for 1, mustered out, 752.

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

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