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Militia, Fourth (Reserve) Division

Second New Jersey Militia Infantry

Mustered in United States service for three months 1 May, 1861. Six companies arrived at Washington, D. C., 6 May, 1861. Did not participate in the first battle of Bull Run

COLONEL H M BAKER
Captain H M Baker, Company G, was appointed colonel, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, on 1 May, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL A SPEER
Captain A Speer, Company A, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, on 2 May, 1861, and was assigned to command Companies D, E, I, and K between Washington, D. C., and Annapolis Junction, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, with Headquarters at Hyattsville, near Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, on 5 May, 1861.

MAJOR J J VAN BUSKIRK
Captain J J Van Buskirk, Company E, was appointed major, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, at Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 15 June, 1861.

Company A Washington Guards, First Regiment, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. G D VAN REIPEN
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, under the command of Captain A Speer, on 26 April, 1861, and Captain A Speer was appointed lieutenant colonel, 2nd New Jersey State Militia Infantry, on 2 May, 1861.
Company B Gregory Guards, First Regiment, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. E C HOPPER
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 April, 1861.
Company C Independence Guards, First Regiment, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. F GRAIN, JR.
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 April, 1861.
Company D Greenville Guards, First Regiment, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. G F LILLIENDAHL
The company was accepted in state service at Greenville, Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey,on 26 April, 1861.
Company E Close Light Guards, First Regiment, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. H VAN BUSKIRK
The company was accepted in state service at Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, under the command of Captain J J Van Buskirk, on 26 April, 1861, and Captain J J Van Buskirk was appointed major, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, at Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 15 June, 1861. First Lieutenant H Van Buskirk was appointed captain at Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 6 July, 1861.
Company F Montgomery Guards, First Regiment, Hudosn Brigade: CAPT. R GILCHRIST, JR.
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, under the command of Captain L J Tonnele, on 26 April, 1861, and Captain L J Tonnele resigned at Washington, D. C., on 15 May, 1861. First Lieuteant R Gilchrist, Jr., was appointed captain at Camp Monmouth, Meridian Hill, D. C., on 18 May, 1861.
Company G Hudson Guards, First Company: CAPT. J RAMSaY
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, under the command of Captain H M Baker, on 26 April, 1861. Captain H M Baker was appointed colonel, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, on 1 May, 1861.
Company H Communipaw Zouaves: CAPT. E S BABCOCK
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 April, 1861.
Company I Hudson Guards, Second Company: CAPT. J A VAN VOORHIS
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 April, 1861.
Company K Independence Guards, Second Company, Hudson Brigade: CAPT. W B DUNNING
The company was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 April, 1861.

Sources

"The first, second, and third New Jersey regiments reached here yesterday morning in two different trains, the first about two o'clock, and the second about eight."

The National Republican, 7 May, 1861 - Arrival of New Jersey troops

"The Second New Jersey Regiment moved from near the Long Bridge to the vicinity of Alexandria, yesterday."

The Evening Star, 19 July, 1861 - Movement of troops

"The four companies of the Second, left Annapolis, were detailed, by oder of General Scott, to the service of guarding the telegragh and railroad track between Washington and Annapolis Junction."

"Immediately upon the establishment of the lines on the 24th, details from all regiments were put to work in constructing entrenchments and redoubts, and it is among the chief honors of this brigade that the first regular work constructed by the national troops at the beginning of the war, and the first over which the nation's flag was flung out, was completed by the brawny arms of Jersymen, many of whom worked with unflagging vigor and industry with tools at their command. During the whole period of the war, these works stood as monuments of the muscular activity and vigor of our volunteers; and it was only just that the principal forification, having been built exclusively by Jerseymen, should be named, as it was, Fort Runyon, and so known ever after."

"Seventeen guns have been mounted at the fortifications, and several more are on the ground."

New Jersey and the Rebellion: A history of the service of the troops and people of New Jersey in aid of the Union cause, by John Young Foster

History of Jersey City, N.J.: A record of its early settlement and corporate progress, sketches of the towns and cities that were absorbed in the growth of the present municipality, its business, finance, manufactures and form of government, with some notice of the men who built the city, by Alexander McLean

Record of officers and men of New Jersey in the Civil War, 1861-1865, Volume I, compiled in the office of the adjutant general, published by William S Stryker, Adjutant General

The Union Army: A history of military affairs in the loyal states 1861-65, records of the regiments in the Union Army, cyclopedia of battles, memoirs of commanders and soldiers, Volume 3, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan

Notes

The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry (Hudson County) was accepted in state service at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 17 April, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the Pennsylvania Railroad to Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, at 1 PM on 26 April, 1861. The regiment was accompanied by Acting Brigadier General D Hartford, New Jersey (Militia) Volunteers, and arrived at Camp Olden, on Sandtown Road, two and a half miles east of Trenton Locomotive Works and Rolling Mills, near Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, the same day.

Note: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry was ordered to rendezvous at Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, under the call for 75,000 troops to serve three months by President A Lincoln on 15 April, 1861, and the New Jersey (Militia) Brigade was mustered in United States service at Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, under the command of Brigadier General T Runyon, Major A V Bonnell, and Captain J B Mulligan, on 27 April, 1861.

Mustered in three months, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, 1 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry was mustered in United States service for three months at Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, by Major T T S Laidley , 5th United States Infantry, and First Lieutenant A T A Torbert, 5th United States Infantry, Company D, on 1 May, 1861.

Note: The 2nd New Jersey State Militia Infantry was stationed near the Trenton Arsenal, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, on 3 May, 1861.

Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, to Annapolis Junction, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 3-4 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry was ordered to proceed by steamers on the Delaware & Raritan Canal to Annapolis, Anne Arundal County, Maryland, at 12 PM on 3 May, 1861, and arrived on the Delaware River at Delaware City, New Castle County, Delaware, via Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the evening the same day. The regiment was ordered to Annapolis, Anne Arundal County, Maryland, at 12 PM on 4 May, 1861, and arrived by the Delaware & Chesapeake Canal and Chesapeake Bay at 4 PM the same day.

Note: The 1st New Jersey Militia Infantry, 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, 3rd New Jersey Militia Infantry, and 4th New Jersey Militia Infantry were ordered to proceed by the steamers W Woodward, Fannie Cadwalader, Delaware, Franklin, J B Mollison, Eureka, Fanny Garner, Octorata, Raritan, Trenton, Patroon, F W Brune and Elizabeth Turner, to Washington, D. C., under the command of Captain R F Loper, United States Navy, between 1 and 3 May, 1861.

Annapolis Junction, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to Washington, D. C., 5 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry disembarked at Annapolis, Anne Arundal County, Maryland, in the morning on 5 May, 1861.

Annapolis Junction, Anne Arundel County, to Beltsville & Hyattsville, Prince George's County, Maryland, Companies D, E, I, & K, 5 May-24 July, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies D, and K, were ordered to proceed by the Annapolis & Elkridge Railroad to Beltsville, Prince George's County, Maryland, and Companies E and I, to Hyattsville, Prince George's County, Maryland, in the evening on 5 May, 1861, and were assigned to guard duty on the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, between Laurel and Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A Speer, between 5 May and 24 July, 1861.

Annapolis Junction, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to Washington, D. C., Comapnies A, B, C, F, G, & H, 5-6 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, were ordered to proceed by the Annapolis & Elkridge Railroad to Washington, D. C., at 3.30 PM on 5 May, 1861, and were accompanied by the 1st New Jersey Militia Infantry. Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, via Annapolis Junction, Howard County, Maryland, at 12 AM on 6 May, 1861, and were ordered to the Constitution Office, Washington, D. C., in the morning the same day.

Washington to Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street, D. C., Companies A, B, C, F, G, & H, 13 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry arrived at Camp Monmouth, near Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street, D. C., in the morning on 13 May, 1861.

Occupation of Arlington Heights, Alexandria County, & Alexandria, Virginia, Companies A, B, C, F, G, & H, 24 May, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, were ordered across the Potomac River at the Long Bridge, Washington, D. C., under the command of Brigadier General T Runyon, New Jersey Volunteers, at 2 AM on 24 May, 1861, and arrived at the bridge over the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, on the Columbia Turnpike, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, in the morning the same day (See the Occupation of Arlington Heights and Alexandria).

Note: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, were stationed at Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, in the evening on 24 May, 1861.

Fort Runyon, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, 24 May, 1861: Detachments of the 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, were assigned to build Fort Runyon, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, under the supervision of Captain B S Alexander, United States Corps Engineers, at 6 AM on 24 May, 1861 (See the United States Corps Engineers).

Note: Major J G Barnard, Captains B S Alexander and C E Blunt, First Lieutenants F E Prime and D C Houston, Second Lieutenants H M Robert, United States Corps Engineers, and detachments of the 7th New York State Militia Infantry, the 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, the 3rd New Jersey Militia Infantry, and the 4th New Jersey Militia Infantry were stationed at the works near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, 27 May, 1861.

Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, 27 May, 1861: Brigadier General I McDowell, United States Army, was stationed at Camp Van Riper or Princeton, near Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, Virginia, in the evening on 27 May, 1861.

Note: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies D, E, I, and K, (280) under the command of of Lieutenant Colonel A Speer, were stationed on the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, between Laurel and Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, Headquarters at Bladensburg, Prince George's County, Maryland, on 19 June, 1861.

General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, 8 July, 1861: The 2nd New Militia Infantry was assigned to the Fourth Division, McDowell's Army, under the command of Brigadier General RT Runyon, New Jersey Volunteers, by General Orders No.13, Headquarters, Department of Northeastern Virginia, Arlington, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 8 July, 1861.

Columbia Springs, Alexandria County, to Alexandria, Virginia, Comapnies A, B, C, F, G, & H, 18-21 July, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry, Companies A, B, C, F, G, and H, were ordered to proceed by the Washington & Alexandria Turnpike to Alexandria, Virginia, on 18 July, 1861, and were accompanied by the 4th New Jersey Militia Infantry (See the 4th New Jersey Militia Infantry). The regiment was assigned to guard the lines of communication between the Potomac River and protect ammunitions and provisions on 21 July, 1861.

Mustered out, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, 31 July, 1861: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, in the afternoon on 24 July, 1861, and arrived by the New Jersey Railroad at Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, on 26 July, 1861. The regiment was mustered out at Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, by First Lieutenant A T A Torbert, 5th United States Infantry, Company D, on 31 July, 1861.

Brigadier General T Runyon, New Jersey Volunteers, Fourth (Reserve) Division, McDowell's Army: Brigadier General T Runyon, New Jersey Volunteers, was discharged by General Orders No.46, Paragraph III, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D. C., on 19 July, 1861, dated 30 July, 1861.

Reserves, defenses of Washington, D. C.: The 2nd New Jersey Militia Infantry was assigned to the defenses of Washington, D. C., under the command of Brigadier General T Runyon, during and immediately after the first battle of Bull Run.