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|Thirty-seventh Infantry. Col., E. Burd Grubb; Lieut.-Col., John S.
Barlow; Maj., John Danforth. On May 16, 1864, Gov Parker issued a proclamation calling,
"by desire of the president," the militia of the state into active service for
the period of 100 days, to date from muster into the United States service, to be armed,
equipped, and paid as other United States volunteers, "to serve in fortifications or
wherever their services may be required, within or without the state." No bounty was
to be given, nor were even their services to be credited upon any draft. These troops were
to be infantry exclusively, and the governor urged that at least five regiments might be
raised and forwarded with all convenient speed. In accordance with this proclamation,
recruiting began without delay, and the nuclei of two regiments were speedily established
one in the southern part of the state to be called the 37th, to be commanded by E.
Burd Grubb, of Burlington, a gallant and dashing soldier. It was thought advisable that
the different militia and rifle corps regiments should, if possible, embrace this
opportunity to go into the movement in a body, thus preserving their regimental
organizations and preventing the many delays incident to and consequent upon the
organization and officering of new regiments. This expectation, however, was not realized.
Recruiting becoming languid, local bounties were offered by different cities, but
notwithstanding that, and every other inducement offered, it began to be apparent that
neither of the two regiments would be enabled to fill its ranks, and consolidation must be
effected. This was accordingly done at Camp Delaware, Trenton, and on June 23 the
consolidated regiment, under the name of the 37th N. J. volunteers, was mustered into the
service of the United States. It left Trenton on June 28, 700 strong, direct for
Baltimore, where steamer was taken for City Point. It furnished detachments for fatigue
duty of various kinds, such as unloading vessels, working on fortifications, etc., being
assigned to Berry's brigade, 3d division, 10th army corps, and brigaded with other
100-days regiments from Ohio. The regiment took an active part in the operations before
Petersburg from Aug. 28 to Sept. 26, and was mustered out Oct. 1, 1864.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 3