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|Twenty-eighth Infantry. Col., Moses N. Wisewell; Lieut. -Cols.,
Edward A. L. Roberts, John A. Wildrick; Maj., Samuel K. Wilson, Jr. This regiment,
recruited in Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Camden and Gloucester counties, was mustered into
service at Freehold, on Sept. 22, 1862. Col. Wisewell, who took charge of the regiment at
its organization, was a man of fine intellectual capacity and soon acquired a marked hold
on the confidence of the men, which he retained until November following, when, obtruding
upon his command in a public address certain offensive avowals with reference to the war
and the gubernatorial contest then in progress in New Jersey, he became obnoxious to a
large portion of the regiment. His courage, however, was undoubted, and at the battle of
Fredericksburg he led his regiment with great gallantry, falling severely wounded and
being carried from the field, to which he was unable to return until June, 1863.
Lieut.-Col. Roberts came from New York and commanded the regiment from Dec. 14, 1862,
until Jan. 2, 1863, when he was discharged for tendering his resignation in the face of
the enemy. Lieut.-Col. Wildrick, who had been a captain in the 2nd regiment, then assumed
command and by his sound judgment and wise exercise of authority, soon made the regiment
one of the most effective in the brigade to which it belonged. He led it with great
bravery in the battle of Chancellorsville, where he was taken prisoner, but being
exchanged returned to the field shortly afterward and was discharged with the regiment.
Maj. Wilson commanded the regiment for a short time in Jan., 1863, and also in the
following May, and was discharged with it upon the expiration of its term of service. The
regiment, 940 strong, left Freehold on Oct. 4, 1862, reached Washington on the night of
the 5th, encamped on Capitol hill, where it was furnished a few days afterward with
Springfield muskets. On the 13th it marched into Virginia and was attached to Gen.
Abercrombie's command, later to the 1st brigade, 3d division, 2nd army corps. At
Fredericksburg it lost nearly 200 men, at Chancellorsville 30, and its term of service
expiring it was mustered out on July 6, 1863.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3