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|Thirty-ninth Infantry. Col., Abram C. Wildrick; Lieut.-Col., James
H. Close; Maj., William T. Cornish. This regiment, recruited under the call of July, 1864,
for 500,000 men, left Newark early in October of the same year, five companies leaving on
the 4th, and the others a few days later. Arriving at City Point, Va., it was temporarily
employed on the breastworks, moving thence to Poplar Grove Church, on the left of the
Weldon railroad a few miles south of Petersburg, where it was attached to the 1st brigade,
2nd division, 9th army corps. Its only real engagement was in the capture of Fort Mahone,
before Petersburg, April 2, 1865, where the loss of the regiment, to which belongs the
credit of capturing one of the most formidable Confederate works around Petersburg, was
very severe, amounting to some 10 killed and about 75 wounded, several officers being
included among the latter. After the Confederate surrender the regiment proceeded to
Alexandria, where it remained in camp until June, when it was ordered to Newark and
finally disbanded. The total strength of the regiment was 1,124, and it lost during its
term of service by resignation 2, by discharge 11, by promotion 6, by transfer 92, by
death 39, by desertion 54, not accounted for 1, mustered out 819.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3