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    Four Reports for the 8th New Jersey, May-July 1864. Each measuring 7.75" x 9.75", dated August 8, 1864, camp near Petersburg, compiled and submitted by Major Virgil W. Healy of the 8th New Jersey to Lieutenant W.J. Rusling. The reports record the regiment's actions in the campaign, involving the Battle of the Wilderness, Battle of Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg, "In compliance with Special order 209 Hd Qrs Army of the Potomac dated August 5, 1864."

    During the Battle of the Wilderness, the 8th New Jersey stayed in support of the front lines and to prevent unauthorized retreats. Healy reported: "The regiment went into action with 10 officers and 184 enlisted men. At 5AM on the morning of the 6th the regiment again advanced on the enemy's position, and remained under fire, during the day, until about 3PM when we were compelled to fall back to our breastworks on the Brock Road, where we took up a position in the second line. About 4 ½ PM the enemy attacked our front in strong force but was repulsed with great loss. During the enemy's assault the regiment was deployed in rear of the second line as a Guard to arrest stragglers, and prevent the new force from falling back from the works, and succeeded in collecting about 1000 men and returning them to their regiments, mostly in the front lines."

    The regiment was also saw action in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and skirmishes in the surrounding area. They were able to capture a number of Rebel prisoners during their attack, as revealed in the report: "About 5AM and soon after the storming of the Rebel works, the regiment advanced across the Ny, and captured 2 officers and 40 men (Rebels) straggling through the woods and sent them to the Provost Marshal, carried some 30 wounded men to the rear and had then taken to the hospital, one man wounded on picket."

    Major Healy was incredibly proud of his regiment and what they had achieved throughout the campaign, concluding that "It is with no ordinary feeling of pleasure that I have the honor to inform you, that through the untiring exertions and hearty co-operation of my officers, to whom I return my heartfelt thanks, and to the willing obedience of the brave men whom it has been my honor to command during the most trying campaign; I have always been able to keep my regiment in an efficient state of discipline and well in hand for any emergency."

    Condition: The reports are in very fine condition, with minimal toning at edges and with the usual mail folds.


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