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Near Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

New Jersey State Monument

 
 
The New Jersey State Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
1. The New Jersey State Monument
Behind the monument stands the Indiana State Monument.
Inscription.
(Each unit is detailed in a separate tablet):
Thirteenth New Jersey Infantry
Colonel Ezra A. Carman, Comanding
Third Brigade, First Division
Twelfth Corps
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Here this regiment, seventeen days after leaving home, met "its Baptism of fire," September 17, 1862. The first to fall was Captain Hugh C. Irish, later in the day the regiment was heavily engaged in rear of Dunkard Church, its loss during the day was 102. In the Army of the Potomac, and afterwards with General Sherman's Army, the Regiment served until the close of the war.

First New Jersey Infantry
Lieut. Col. Mark W. Collett, Commanding
First Brigade, First Division
Sixth Corps.
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The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th New Jersey Infantry and Hexamer's
13th New Jersey Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
2. 13th New Jersey Tablet
Note the inclusion of the XII Corps badge, a star, above the tablet. The others use a cross designating the VI Corps.
Battery A, were known as the "First New Jersey Brigade." These were the first three year volunteers from the State. After serving through the peninsula campaign the Brigade on Sept. 14, 1862 performed such gallant service at Crampton's Pass as to call forth the high commendation reproduced on the next tablet.

Second New Jersey Infantry
Colonel Samuel L. Buck, Commanding
First Brigade, First Division
Sixth Corps
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Headquarters, 1st, Brigade, 1st Division
Sixth Corps, Camp in Crampton's Pass
Maryland Sept. 15, 1862.
General Orders Soldiers of the first New Jersey Brigade. The 14th of September, 1862, is one long to be remembered, for on that day you dashingly met and drove the enemy at every point, your advance in line of battle, under a galling Artillery fire was a feat seldom if ever surpassed. The Heights
1st New Jersey Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
3. 1st New Jersey Tablet
you took show plainly what determined and well disciplined soldiers can do.
(Continued on next Tablet)

Third New Jersey Infantry
Colonel Henry W. Brown, Commanding
First Brigade, First Division
Sixth Corps
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(Continued)
"You have sustained the reputation of your state and done credit to your officers and yourselves. While we lament the death of our brave comrades who have fallen so gloriously we can only command their souls to God and their sorrowing friend to his sure protection. May you go from Victory to Victory, is the hope and wish of the Colonel commanding Brigade."
A.T.A. Tolbert
Colonel Commanding
(See Next Tablet)

4th New Jersey Infantry
Colonel William B. Hatch, Commanding
First Brigade, First Division
Sixth Corps
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(Continued)
From
2nd New Jersey Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
4. 2nd New Jersey Tablet
its Bivouac at Crampton's Pass the first New Jersey Brigade marched to the field on the morning of September 17, 1862, and took position 600 yards, easterly of this point near the Dunkard Church, where it remained until Sept. 19. It supported the sixth Corps Artillery and for six hours was under severe Artillery fire by which several men were killed or wounded.

Battery A,
First New Jersey Artillery

Captain William Hexamer, Commanding
First Brigade, First Division
Sixth Corps
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After engagement at Crampton's Pass Sept. 14, 1862, the Battery was engaged on Sept. 17, at three different points on this field. From three to six o'clock the Battery fired 280 shells, 200 shrapnel and 15 canisters, forcing out of position two Confederate Batteries and repelling an Infantry force.

Erected by the state of New Jersey in
3rd New Jersey Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
5. 3rd New Jersey Tablet
grateful remembrance of her gallant sons who fought on this field Sept. 17, 1862.
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Dedicated Sept. 17, 1905
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Governor
Franklin Murphy (13th N.J. Inf.)
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Commissioners
James O. Smith (13th N.J. Inf.)
Joseph E. Crowell (13th N.J. Inf.)
John J. Toffey (33rd N.J. Inf.)

 
Erected 1905 by State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 39° 28.851′ N, 77° 44.894′ W. Marker is near Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike and Cornfield Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Dunker Church Road / Old Hagerstown Pike. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
4th New Jersey Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
6. 4th New Jersey Tablet
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indiana State Monument (a few steps from this marker); Second Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Massachusetts State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); 13th New Jersey Infantry (within shouting distance of this marker); First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Twelfth Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); Doubleday's Division, First Army Corps (within shouting distance of this marker); The Most Terrible Clash of Arms (within shouting distance of this marker); Aftermath Along the Hagerstown Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Related markers. Click here for
Hexamer Battery Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
7. Hexamer Battery Tablet
a list of markers that are related to this marker. New Jersey Units at Antietam
 
Also see . . .
1. New Jersey State Monument. National Park Service site detailing the monument. (Submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Ezra A. Carman. Ezra Ayers Carman (February 27, 1834 – December 25, 1909) was an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, commanding a New Jersey infantry regiment and (occasionally) a brigade. (Submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Ezra Ayers Carmen - Find-a-grave. (Submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Capt. Hugh C. Irish - Find-a-grave. (Submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Samuel L. Buck - Find-a-grave. (Submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
8. Dedication Plaque

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Statue at Top of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, February 9, 2008
9. Statue at Top of Monument
The Monument is capped by a figure of an officer leading his men forward.
New Jersey State Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2003
10. New Jersey State Monument Marker
New Jersey State Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
11. New Jersey State Monument Marker
Colonel Ezra A. Carmen (1834-1909) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
12. Colonel Ezra A. Carmen (1834-1909)
He led his regiment, the 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, in the brigade of Brig. Gen. George H. Gordon in Brig. Gen. Alpheus S. Williams's 1st Division of the XII Corps at the Battle of Antietam.
Capt. Hugh C. Irish (1832-1862) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
13. Capt. Hugh C. Irish (1832-1862)
Captain of Company K, 13th New Jersey Volunteers killed at the Battle of Antietam.
Lieut. Col. Mark W. Collet (d. 1863)<br>Commander, First New Jersey Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
14. Lieut. Col. Mark W. Collet (d. 1863)
Commander, First New Jersey Infantry
Col. Samuel L. Buck (d. 1863)<br>Commander, 2nd New Jersey Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
15. Col. Samuel L. Buck (d. 1863)
Commander, 2nd New Jersey Infantry
Col. William B. Hatch (1838-1862)<br>Commander, 4th New Jersey Infantry image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott
16. Col. William B. Hatch (1838-1862)
Commander, 4th New Jersey Infantry
Major William Hexamer (1825-1870) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, March 19, 2006
17. Major William Hexamer (1825-1870)
New Jersey State Monument (Foreward View) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2005
18. New Jersey State Monument (Foreward View)
Monuments on Antietam Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 9, 2005
19. Monuments on Antietam Battlefield
The New Jersey State Monument is seen here on the right. Also visible are the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (left) and the Indiana State Monument (center).
New Jersey State Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
20. New Jersey State Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,377 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 8, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   10. submitted on December 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   18, 19. submitted on November 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   20. submitted on October 18, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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