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Francis Price, Jr
Birth: 1839
Hoboken
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Feb. 14, 1898
Oakland
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. The son of former New Jersey Governor Rodman Price (who opposed the Civil War, and was briefly jailed for sedition), he enlisted in the 2nd New Jersey Militia only days after the outbreak of the War, becoming a Corporal in Company B. He served in the unit from its muster in on May 1, 1861 to its muster out in July 1861 (the unit serving in reserve during the First Battle of Bull Run). When the call went out for three-year enlistment regiments, he joined the 7th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, receiving a commission of 1st Lieutenant and Regimental Adjutant on September 2, 1861. Heavily involved in the training of the men of his regiment, he served in this capacity until March 1862, when at age 22 he was promoted to Major to replaced the resigned Major J. Dallas McIntosh. After a severe bout with dysentery, he joined his regiment in the Spring 1862 Peninsular Campaign, and fought with it in the May 5 Battle of Williamsburg. Towards the end of that battle he assumed command of the regiment when commander Lieutenant Colonel Ezra Carman left the field with an arm wound. He headed his unit throughout the month, despite being severely sick at times, and directed their actions during the Battle of Fair Oaks. When the 7th New Jersey's Colonel, Joseph W. Revere, returned from a month long sick leave, Francis Price was sent home to properly recover from his illness. While home convalescing, he applied for, and was granted, a discharge from the Army due to medical infirmary in July 1862. However, the need for experienced field officers caused his discharged to be unexpectedly revoked in November. Ordered back to the field, he did not return to the 7th New Jersey in time, and spent a few days under arrest upon his arrival. When he was released from arrest, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on December 9, 1862 (Colonel Revere had been promoted to Brigadier General by then, and the regiment's commander was now Colonel Louis R. Francine ). In the May 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville he once again assumed command of the regiment when Colonel Francine became sick, and led it as it received severe casualties. Ill again with sickness, he remained with it after the return of Colonel Francine prior to the Battle of Gettysburg. In that July 1863 engagement, he was with the unit as it was positioned near Emmittsburg Road supporting federal artillery on the second day of the Battle. When the forces of Confederate General James B. Longstreet launched a massive attack on the out positioned Union forces, Colonel Price attempted to stem the retreat of his men in the face of overwhelming odds by grabbing the regiment's color bearers and planting the flags where his men could see them. As soon as he performed that act he was severely wounded in the leg, and was carried off the field. The combination of his illness and wounding would keep him out of action for over a year (although on July 26, 1863, while convalescing, he was promoted to Colonel to replace Louis Francine, who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg). He would lead his troops in the Battles of Ream's Station and Boydton Plank Road, and in November 1864 he presided over the expansion of his unit (now designated the 7th New Jersey Veteran Infantry) as the remnants of the 5th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry were folded into it. He led his command through the end of the Siege of Petersburg, and to the final surrender at Appomattox in April 1865. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services during the war". In the Grand Review of the Army in May 1865, he marched at the head of his men, some of which had served and survived the full 4 years of the war. Mustered out on July 17, 1865, upon his return home he made a successful career as a lawyer and farmer, and passed away in Oakland, New Jersey in 1898. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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  Rodman McCauley Price (1816 - 1894)
 
Burial:
Ponds Cemetery
Oakland
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 29, 2004
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Francis Price, Jr
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Francis Price, Jr
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Francis Price, Jr
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