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 Edward Burd Grubb

Edward Burd Grubb

Birth
Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Death 7 Jul 1913 (aged 71)
Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Division B, Section G, Lot 88, Grave 7205
Memorial ID 6148 · View Source
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Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Born into a prominent Burlington, New Jersey family that became wealthy from ore mining interests in Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Union Army at the age of 19 on May 25, 1861, and was mustered in as a 1st Sergeant in Company C of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. Less than a month later he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, and was tabbed by regimental commander Colonel George W. Taylor to serve on his staff. He participated in the July 1861 First Bull Run campaign, where his unit was held in reserve. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant of Company D on November 8, 1861, he remained on George Taylor's staff after that officer was promoted to Brigadier General in June 1862, and was placed in command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, VI Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac, which was famously known as the "First New Jersey Brigade". After serving as the General's aide through the 1862 Peninsular Campaign, E. Burd Grubb was at General Taylor's side when First New Jersey Brigade blundered into the entire Army of Northern Virginia Army corps commanded by General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson on August 27, 1862 and Taylor was mortally wounded. As his regiment was routed, Lieutenant Grubb brought the injured General to safety. In gratitude, just before he died in Alexandria, Virginia, General Taylor sent one of his shoulder straps to Grubb to honor him. After accompanying Taylor's remains back to New Jersey, he found himself promoted to Major, and was transferred to the nine-month enlistment regiment 23rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on November 24, 1862. With his new regiment he participated in the fighting at the December 1862 Battle of Fredericksburg before being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on December 26, 1862, and to Colonel and commander on April 9, 1863 (replacing Colonel Henry O. Ryerson, who had assumed command of the 10th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry). At the May 3, 1863 Battle of Salem Church during the Chancellorsville Campaign, he was wounded as he led his men in the brave but ultimately futile charge the First New Jersey Brigade made on entrenched Confederate positions there. Mustered out of the 23rd New Jersey on June 27, 1863, he served in recruitment duty, and commanded Camp Cadwalder in Beverly, New Jersey. On June 23, 1864 he accepted a commission as Colonel and commander of the 37th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, a 100-day enlistment unit. He led them in the field, where they served in the trenches around Petersburg, Virginia, and gained the nickname of "Grubb's Gamecocks". Mustered out on October 1, 1864, he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services in the war". He went on to be involved in business and politics, seeing to the operations of his family's mining business. He unsuccessfully ran for Governor of New Jersey in 1889, losing to Leon A. Abbet in a race that was marked by accusations of corruption. He served as commander of the 1st Philadelphia City Troop (the only non-Philadelphian to do so), and served as United States Minister to Spain from 1890 to 1892. When he passed away in Newark, New Jersey in 1913 he had been serving as the Superintendent of the New Jersey Home for Disabled Soldiers in Kearny, New Jersey.

Bio by: Russ Dodge



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  • Added: 22 Aug 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6148
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Burd Grubb (13 Nov 1841–7 Jul 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6148, citing Saint Marys Episcopal Churchyard, Burlington, Burlington County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .