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27th New Jersey Infantry

Regimental History
Twenty-seventh Infantry. — Col., George W. Mindil ; Lieut.-Col., Edwin S. Babcock; Majs., Augustus D. Blanchet, Henry F. Willis. This regiment, raised from the quotas of Morris and Sussex counties and rendezvoused at Camp Frelinghuysen, near Newark, was mustered into the U. S. service for nine months, on Sept. 3, 1862. It consisted of eleven companies, largely composed of representatives of the agricultural districts, and officers and men alike, in physical strength and robust capacities of endurance were equal to any in the service. The total strength of the regiment when fully organized was originally 1,088 officers and men. Having been supplied with arms, equipments and clothing, the regiment, about Oct. 3, received orders to prepare for the field. Up to that time no colonel had been selected, it being impossible for the officers to choose from the numerous applicants for the position. Finally, Capt. George W. Mindil, who had already attained distinction in the field, was, upon the strength of testimonials and representations from gentlemen who knew his eminent capabilities for command, elected to the post, and on the afternoon of the 9th, the regiment left Newark for Washington, where it arrived on the morning of the 11th, being assigned a temporary camp on East Capitol hill. On the evening of Dec. 10, after a march of much hardship, the regiment reported for duty within the Federal lines, and was at once assigned to the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 9th army corps — the division being under the temporary command of Brig.-Gen. W. W. Burns, and the corps under Brig.-Gen. O. B. Wilcox. Although the regiment was not brought into close and actual conflict during its term of service, it was sufficiently exposed at the battle of Fredericksburg to test the bravery and trustworthiness of the officers and men, and the rapidity with which they advanced when ordered forward to the assistance of their comrades showed the mettle of which they were made. The regiment afterward joined Burnside's forces in Kentucky and later moved into Pennsylvania at the time of Lee's invasion. It remained in the field until long after its term had expired and was mustered out on July 2, 1863.

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

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