40th Regiment of New Jersey Infantry

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Soldier's Notes


Stephen Armour, a member of the 40th New Jersey Infantry, Company A, was mustered into service in October 1864. He was previously a member of the 7th Delaware which was mustered out in August 1864. Stephen served as a sergeant in the 40th New Jersey.

Below is a photo of Private Conrad Watson Apgar (seated right), Company F, later in his life and his bayonet and cartridge box.

Isaac James Vasey, Alias Henry Thompson, enlisted in Company G under the alias Henry Thompson on February 11, 1865. He enlisted as a private and was promoted to full corporal on June 18, 1865. Mustered out at Hall’s Hill, VA on July 13, 1865. He applied for pension January 11, 1892 from Pennsylvania (Application 1082887, certificate 824796). He is listed on page 1169 of the New Jresey Civil War Record.

John Wesley Goodenough began his Civil War service by enrolling in Company A, 23rd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 25, 1862. Mustered in as a Sergeant on September 13, 1862, he served in the December 1862 Fredericksburg Campaign. Just after the aborted "Mud March", he was promoted to 1st Sergeant of the Company on January 31, 1863. He served through the May 1863 Chancellorsville Campaign and was honorably mustered out on June 27, 1863. He stayed away from the war until March 10, 1865, when he was commissioned as Captain and commander of Company K of the newly-raised 40th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (the last infantry regiment mustered into service from New Jersey). He led his command in the April 2, 1865 assaults that finally broke through the Confederate positions at Petersburg, Virginia, and in the subsequent surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was honorably mustered out on July 13, 1865, and received a brevet of Major, U.S. Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services before Petersburg, Va.", to date from April 2, 1865. Captain Goodenough is buried at the Odd Fellows Cemetery and Mausoleum in Burlington, New Jersey.



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