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A Brief History of the Fourth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry

By Patrick McSherry

Officers and NCOs of the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, Co. K, 1898
Officers and Non-commissioned officers of the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, Co K. The photo was taken at Netherill, Greenville, South Carolina. In the back row, left to right are: Day Sgt. Sheridan, Cpl. McFursen, 1st Cpl. Hinderer, 6th Cpl. Doeful, Cpl. Ziglar, Cpl. Moore, Cpl. Gumoel, Sgt. Mitchell. In the middle row, left to right are: an unidentified officer, 5th Cpl. Appley, 3rd Cpl. Shreffler, Sgt. Austermahl, Quartermaster Hinderer, 1st Sgt Doyle, 2nd Sgt. Johnson, Cpl. Johnson, 2nd Cpl. Leturmey (or Leterney) and another unidentified officer. In the front row, left to right, are: Wagoner Franklin, Musician. Murphy, Orderly Bearent (with mascot, which appears to be a basset hound), Cpl. English and 4th Cpl. John F. Carter

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The Fourth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry served its term of service within the continental United States. It did not see service overseas.

Unit History:

The Fourth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry was mustered into service at Sea Girt, New Jersey between July 7 and 24, 1898 as part of President McKinley's second call for volunteers. At the time of mustering in, the regiment consisted of thirty-one officers and 1,265 enlisted men. While the regiment was being formed, an armistice had been reached between the U.S. and Spain, ending the the war's fighting, on July 17

The regiment stayed at Sea Girt until October 8, when it departed for Camp Meade, near Middletown, Pennsylvania where it was assigned to the First Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps. On November 12, the regiment was ordered south to Greenville, South Carolina.

The regiment was mustered out of service on April 6, 1899 at Greenville, South Carolina. At the time of mustering out, the regiment consisted of forty-nine officers and 1,053 enlisted men. During its term of service, the 4th New Jersey lost four men to disease, and had one man courtmartialed and thirty-nine men desert. In addition, twenty-four men were discharged on disability.

The 4th New Jersey encamped, 1898

The Fourth New Jersey in an unknown building, perhaps an armory.


Clerk of Joint Committee on Printing, The Abridgement of Message from the President of the United States to the Two Houses of Congress. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899) Vol. 3,  494.

Correspondence relating to the War with Spain And Conditions Growing Out of the Same Including the Insurrection in the Philippine Island and the China Relief Expedition. Vol. 1 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902) 605..

Martin, Janice - Photos of the Fourth New Jersey.

Statistical Exhibit of Strength of Volunteer Forces Called into Service During the War with Spain; with Losses from All Causes. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899).

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