Recruited as sharpshooters and clothed in distinctive uniforms with
green trim, the hand-picked regiment of the Ninth New Jersey
Volunteer Infantry was renowned and admired far and wide. The only
New Jersey regiment to reenlist for the duration of the Civil War
at the close of its initial three-year term, the Ninth saw action
in forty-two battles and engagements across three states.
Throughout the South, the regiment broke up enemy camps and supply
depots, burned bridges, and destroyed railroad tracks to thwart
Confederate movements and suffered disease and starvation as POWs
at the notorious Andersonville prison camp in Georgia. Recruited
largely from socially conservative cities and villages in northern
and central New Jersey, the Ninth Volunteer Infantry consisted of
men with widely differing opinions about the Union and their enemy.
Edward G. Longacre unearths these complicated political and social
views, tracing the history of this esteemed regiment before,
during, and after the war-from recruitment at Camp Olden to final
operations in North Carolina.
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