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|Thirty-eighth Infantry. Col., William J. Sewell ; Lieut.-Col.,
Ashbel W. Angel; Maj., William H. Tantum. This regiment was raised in the summer and fall
of 1864, Col. Sewell accepting its command on Sept. 30 and completing its organization in
15 days thereafter. Col. Sewell had served with distinguished credit in the 2nd N. J.
brigade, but had been compelled to quit the service during the Wilderness campaign, owing
to prostration resulting from exposure. Partially recovering, however, and with his
patriotic ardor unabated, he gladly embraced the opportunity afforded by the formation of
the 38th to return to the field, employing all his energies to make it an organization
worthy of the state. Upon leaving the state, the regiment was ordered to City Point and
thence to Bermuda Hundred, whence it was sent to Fort Powhatan, on the James river, some
15 miles below City Point. It remained at that point until the surrender of Lee, when it
was ordered to City Point and there mustered out, reaching Trenton on July 4, 1865. The
total strength of the regiment was 1,048, and it lost during its term of service, by
resignation 6, by discharge 2, by promotion 9, by transfer 3, by death 11, by desertion
59, mustered out, 956.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3