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 14th New Jersey Infantry Monument

14th New Jersey Infantry Monument

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Burial Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 20089 · View Source
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This monument is located on the spot where the 14th New Jersey Infantry had encamped from 1862 to 1863, and where heavy fighting took place during the Battle of Monocacy on July 8,1864. The regiment was part of the Third Division of the Army of the Potomac's VI Corps that was hastily rushed by Union General Lew Wallace to halt the invading Confederates forces under General Jubal Early. The Union forces, numbering only about 5,800, fought the 18,000 man Confederate Army to a 24 hour stand still around the Monocacy River before the superior Rebel numbers forced the Federals to retreat. Although technically defeated, the VI Corps soldiers delayed Jubal Early long enough for the defenses around Washington, DC (the Confederates' target) to be strengthened enough to repel the invaders. The 14th New Jersey Infantry, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Caldwell K. Hall, fought on the banks of the Monocacy River as well as at the Araby House line. Every officer in the regiment was either killed or wounded, and although the regiment was nominally commanded by Captain Jacob J. Janeway, he was too injured to actually command, and the unit did not have a leader following the battle. Of the 238 men in the regiment, 143 were casualties. The monument, the first to be dedicated on the Monocacy Battlefield, was dedicated on July 9, 1907.

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  • Added: 2 Feb 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 14th New Jersey Infantry Monument (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20089, citing Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, Frederick County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .