disease which occurred within its ranks.
The regiments which marched by its side sustained far greater losses from this cause.
And the Thirteenth saw an unusual amount of active service, too. It had not left the State
two weeks before it joined McClellan
's Army on the Maryland campaign
, and was hotly engaged at Antietam
It fought through the Atlanta campaign
, marched through Georgia
to the Sea
, and then fought under Sherman
in the Carolinas.
In the latter campaign official acknowledgement was made of the signal and valuable service rendered by the Thirteenth at the battle of Bentonville
The extraordinary exemption of this regiment from disease was undoubtedly due to the superior material in its ranks; the men were a clean, healthy, intelligent lot, and represented the best element in the Volunteer
A small loss by disease is a creditable feature in the record of a regiment, as well as a large loss in action.
The nine-months' men from this State also made a good record during the short time they were in service.
At Fredericksburg the 24th New Jersey lost 136 in killed and wounded; aud the 28th New Jersey lost 193 on that bloody field.
The vacant numbers in the New Jersey
line occurred through the following reasons: the 16th regiment became the 1st Cavalry; the 32d the 2d Cavalry; and the 36th the 3d Cvalry; the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th regiments failed to complete their organizations.