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3rd New Jersey Militia

Regimental History
Third Regiment — Militia. — Col, William Napton; Lieut.-Col., Stephen Moore; Maj., James S. Yard. This regiment was mustered into the service of the United States at Trenton, April 27, 1861, to serve for three months, and left the state for Washington, D. C. on May 3, with 37 commissioned officers and 743 non-commissioned officers and privates, a total of 780. The arrival of the troops at Annapolis was at once reported to Gen. Butler, who ordered the regiment to Washington. (See preceding regiments.) On May 22, at the evening parade, the 2nd, 3d and 4th regiments were paraded in heavy marching order, and being supplied with one day's rations, took up the line of march in silence about midnight for the bridge that spanned the Potomac river, which was reached and crossed at 2 o'clock on the morning of the 24th. The 2nd was posted at Roach's spring and the 3d and 4th about half a mile beyond on the Alexandria road — the 3d being located near Abingdon house, the mansion of Bushrod W. Hunter, formerly a lieutenant in the U. S. navy. On June 18, the 1st and 3d were advanced to a point near Roach's Mill, on the line of the Alexandria & Loudoun railway, to within 5 miles of the picket-guard of the enemy. On July 16, 425 men of the 3d were detailed as an escort to a provision train, en route for the main body of the army, and eight days later, the term of service of the regiment having expired, it returned to New Jersey and was mustered out at Trenton, July 31, 1861. The total strength of the regiment was 790. It lost during its term of service, by resignation 1, by death 3, by transfer 2, by promotion 2, by desertion 7, discharged 20, mustered out, 755.

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

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