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  • 4th New Jersey Infantry 6th Corps Badge / SOLD

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    4th New Jersey Infantry 6th Corps Badge - Inventory Number: INS 281 / SOLD

    Finely crafted, jeweler made silver 6th Corps badge measuring ¾” with wartime style T-bar pin back. The 6th Corps Greek cross is engraved “4 N J V,’ filled with black enamel and surrounded by decorative flourishes. The square center of the cross is carved down and filled with red enamel, representing the 1st Division of the corps. The 4th New Jersey Infantry served in the Army of the Potomac from Bull Run to Appomattox and lost 5 officers and 156 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded and 2 officers and 103 enlisted men to disease during the Civil War. A beautiful, one-ofa-kind corps badge from a hard-fighting Civil War regiment.


         Fourth Infantry.--Cols., James H. Simpson, William B. Hatch, William Birney, Edward L. Campbell; Lieut.-Cols., J. L. Kirby Smith, Barzilla Ridgway, Charles Ewing, Baldwin Hufty; Majs., Samuel Mulford, David Vickers.  The 4th was organized under the provisions of an act of Congress, approved July 22, 1861.  It was fully organized, equipped and officered by Aug. 19, at which time it was mustered into the U. S. service for three years, at Camp Olden, Trenton.  It left the state the next day with 38 officers, 871 non-commissioned officers and privates, a total of 909.  It reached Washington on Aug. 21, accompanied by a battery of 6 pieces, furnished by the state and commanded by Capt. William Hexamer, who had been waiting for six months for an opportunity to enter the service.  It was assigned to the brigade of Gen. Kearney, then consisting of the 1st, 2nd and 3d N. J. regiments.  Immediately after the first battle of Bull Run it joined the brigade near Alexandria, and in the operations along the line of the Orange & Alexandria railroad acted as a support to the advance.  Just before the battle of West Point, Va., the brigade relieved the troops in advance and the men lay on their arms in line of battle until daylight, when they were ordered forward, the 4th being held as a reserve.  At the battle at Gaines' mill the brigade was formed in two lines, the 4th being in the front, and advanced to the brow of a hill, where the 4th was sent into the woods by order of an aid of Gen. McClellan, all the brigade being engaged at the most dangerous and difficult parts of the field, until at last, wearied, bleeding, ammunition exhausted, the brigade slowly retired and crossing the bridge at 11 o'clock, reached its old camp about midnight, having sustained a total loss of over 1,000 men in killed and wounded, of whom some 500, belonging to the 4th were captured in a body, having refused to retreat from the woods when they might have done so, and continuing to fight until completely surrounded.  Besides this loss in prisoners the regiment lost 38 killed and 111 wounded.  The regiment participated in the battles of Charles City cross-roads, White Oak swamp, Malvern hill, Manassas, Chantilly and Crampton's gap, the total loss of the brigade during the latter engagement being 174 in killed and wounded, Adjt. Studdiford being among the slain.  It took part in the movement against Fredericksburg, but in the Gettysburg campaign the 4th was detailed for provost duty in Washington.  It was back with the brigade again in time for the spring campaign of 1864.  At the battle of the Wilderness the 1st, 4th and 10th regiments, lying on the left, were several times attacked with great ferocity by the Confederates, but at nightfall still held substantially the ground occupied by them in the morning--a heavy assault by the Confederate Gen. Gordon just at dusk being repulsed with heroic Gallantry.  Among the wounded in that engagement was Lieut.-Col. Van Syckel of the 4th.  At the battle of Spottsylvania the regiment participated in the charge upon the "bloody angle," winning its share of the glory and sustaining its share of casualties.  During the first eleven days of Grant's campaign against Richmond the regiment lost 26 killed, 126 wounded and 42 missing.  The 4th fought at the North Anna river, Hanover Court House, Totopotomoy creek, Cold Harbor, Weldon railroad, Snicker's gap, Strasburg, Winchester and Charlestown.  At the battle of the Opequan the 4th was with the troops that pressed forward, swept up the opposite hill and forced back the Confederate line, obtaining permanent possession of the hill and holding it, though constantly exposed to a fire which inflicted severe loss, the 4th having 2 killed, 18 wounded and 1 missing.  At Fisher's hill a private of the 4th named Beach compelled a Confederate lieutenant-colonel to surrender his sword, and there were other instances of daring no less noteworthy.  After Lee's surrender the regiment was assigned to what was known as the provisional corps, Army of the Potomac, until mustered out on July 9, 1865.  The total strength of the regiment was 2,036, and it lost during service 29 by resignation, 319 by discharge, 83 by promotion, 81 by transfer, 257 by death, 372 by desertion, 3 by dismissal, 109 not accounted for, mustered out 783.

    Comes housed in a 6 x 8 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.


    Inventory Number: INS 281 / SOLD