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12th NJ Volunteer
Infantry Regt., U.S.A.


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In Memoriam

in memoriam

This web page is dedicated to the memory of my two great-grandfathers, and the men they served with in the 12th Regiment NJ Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War.


         George H. Rhubart was born 26 Mar 1845 in Hanover, Burlington County, New Jersey and died 25 Mar 1919 in Fieldsboro, Burlington County, New Jersey. 

       He is buried in the Bordentown Cemetery next to his wife SARAH G. PLATT daughter of my other 2nd great-grandfather Samuel Platt.  Sarah married George on 9 Nov 1867 in Bordentown TWP, Burlington County, New

Jersey.  They were married by Rev. William Walton according to the church record kept at 1st Trinity M E Church, Bordentown NJ and the Civil Record recorded at the County Seat.   

      George was the son of William Rhubart and Hannah Brown. George H. Rhubart enlisted on 14 Aug 1862 as a Private at Columbus (Woodbury) NJ. George was assigned to Company B, 12th Infantry Regiment NJ Volunteers with Capt Charles D. Lippencott, Commanding. According to his enlistment papers he was described as having grey eyes, brown hair, dark complexion and was 5' 3" tall.  Some particulars of George’s military service are: He mustered in on 4 Sep 1862; Wounded on 03 July 1863 in Gettysburg, PA [could have been during Pickett's Charge.] Promoted to Full Corporal on 01 September 1864; Mustered out at Washington, D. C., July 15, 1865.  George was assigned to the Army of the Potomac, 2nd Corp, 3rd Div, 2nd Brigade, 12th Inf Regiment, Co. B from Jan 1863 - Mar 1864 Army of the Potomac, 2nd Corp, 2nd Div, 3rd Brigade, 12th Inf Regiment Co. B from Mar 1864 - Jul 1865.

After the war George was able to keep his army weapon, an 1835 Springfield rifle.  He was also a member of the G.A.R. 



          Samuel Platt was born in 1820 in Columbus, Burlington County, New Jersey and died 3 Jul 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg and is buried in the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

          He married Martha Sears on 5 Mar 1846 in Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey daughter of Charles Sears.  She was born 27 Dec 1825 in New Jersey, and died 28 Feb 1901 in Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Following the death of her first husband Samuel Platt, Martha married

again to a Samuel Whitehouse and is buried in the Bordentown Cemetery under the name Martha Whitehouse.      

     Samuel enlisted as a Private on 14 August 1862 in Woodbury, Burlington Co., NJ. for the term of 3 years or the duration of the war.  Samuel was assigned to Company B, 12th Infantry Regiment New Jersey on 4 September 1862. According to Samuel's enlistment papers he was described as having blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, and was 5' 6" tall. Assigned to the Army of the Potomac, 2nd Corp, 3rd Div, 2nd Brigade, 12th Inf Regiment, Company B.  Killed in Action at the battle of Gettysburg and is buried in the National Cemetery, Gettysburg, PA. Section A, Plot 10.

     Apparently, Samuel must have been a sort of mentor and friend to George Rhubart since both served together in the same company, and George, who survived the war, came home and married Samuel's daughter Sarah.


Regimental History

History of the 
12th Vol. Infantry Regiment

12th Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (1862 – 1865)

“Buck and Ball Regiment”


The 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry was organized at Camp Stockton, located near Woodbury, in southern New Jersey.   The unit was officially mustered into service on September 4, 1862.   Whereupon it departed New Jersey in route to Baltimore, Maryland on September 7, 1862.  Upon arrival in Maryland it was attached to the military command responsible for the defense of Baltimore which consisted of guard duty at Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland between September 8-December 10, 1862.   The regiment moved to Washington, D. C., December 10, where it became a part of the Army of the Potomac December 13-17, reporting at Falmouth, Virginia on December 20, 1862.


12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry Regiment remained on duty at Falmouth until April 27, 1863.   In the spring of 1863 it was assigned to the 3rd Division of the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac and was the only New Jersey Regiment in that Corps.  Its baptism by fire came during the Chancellorsville Campaign, April 27-May 6.  The unit was actively engaged in the Battle of Chancellorsville from May 1-5, where Robert E. Lee’s military skills trumped superior forces of Federal troops resulting in a significant Confederate victory.  During the battle, the 12th suffered a loss of 179 killed, wounded or missing. Their next major engagement was in the Gettysburg Campaign conducted between June 11-July 24. They fought during the entire Battle of Gettysburg. July 1-3, 1863, where, on the second day, several companies from the 12th dislodged Confederate solders from a farmhouse on the front lines capturing confederate officers and some eighty troops.  On the third day of the battle the 12th was actively engaged in the repulse of Pickett’s Charge, which ended the battle.  After this climatic engagement the 12th New Jersey Regiment was one of the units that pursued Lee’s army to Manassas Gap from July 5-24.   Subsequent to this they were assigned duty on Orange & Alexandria Railroad till September 12.  The 12th was then ordered to advance from the Rappahannock River to the Rapidan River from September 13-17.   They remained on picket duty at the Rapidan till October.   The regiment took a part in the Bristoe Campaign between October 9-22 and saw action at Auburn and Bristoe on October 14.   Following they advanced to the line of the Rappahannock on November 7-8.  The remainder of the year they participated in the  Mine Run Campaign between November 26-December 2 where it was actively engaged at  Mine Run between November 28-30.


During the early months of 1864 the 12th New Jersey Regiment encamped at Stevensburg where it remained until May, 1864. During this time it was part of the demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7 as well as at Morton’s Ford during the same time period.   From May-June 1864 the 12th fought in a series of battles known as Grant’s Overland Campaign, which enabled the Union to mount the Siege of Petersburg from June 9, 1864, to the end of the year.


After March 25, 1865 the regiment was engaged in the Appomattox Campaign in which Union troops pursued the retreating Confederate Army, culminating in the surrender at Appomattox (April 12, 1865) at which the 12th was also present.



Campaigns and 



Campaign from the Rapidan to the James

May 3-Jun 15.



Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5

Battle of Gettysburg. July 1-3

Manassas Gap July 5-24

Auburn October 14

Bristoe October 14

Mine Run November 28-30



Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7

Laurel Hill May 8

Spottsylvania May 8-12

Po River May 10

Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21

Assault on the Salient, “Bloody Angle,” May 12

North Anna River May 23-26

On line of the Pamunkey May 26-28

Totopotomoy May 28-31

Cold Harbor June 1-12


1864 (continued)

Before Petersburg June 16-18

Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865

Jerusalem Plank Road June 22-23,1864

Demonstration north of the James July 27-29

Deep Bottom July 27-28

Demonstration north of the James August 13-20

Deep Bottom, August 14-18

Ream’s Station August 25

Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher’s Run, October 27-28



Dabney’s Mills, Hatcher’s Run, February 5-7

Watkins House March 25

Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9

Boydton and White Oak Roads March 30-31

Fall of Petersburg April 2

Pursuit of Lee April 3-9

Sailor’s Creek April 6

High Bridge, Farmville, April 7

Appomattox Court House April 9.



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·        Camp Stockton – plaque

·        Monument to Camp Stockton -GCHS Bulletin, Mar 2006

·        Gettysburg -12th NJ, battle position

·        Bliss Farm Monument at Gettysburg

·        12the NJ Regiment Monument at Gettysburg

·        Gettysburg National Cemetery – Platt Marker


·        New Jersey Troops in the Gettysburg Campaign from June 5 to July 31, 1863. by Samuel Toombs, Longstreet House 1988.

·        Over a Wide, Hot,… Crimson Plain, The Struggle for the Bliss Farm at Gettysburg July 2nd and 3rd, 1863 by Elwood W. Christ, Baltimore

        Butternut and Blue 1994.

  • To Gettysburg and Beyond, The Twelfth New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, II Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1862-1865 by Edward G. Longacre, Longstreet House Hightstown, NJ New Book No. 107, 1988.

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12th Regiment Monument at Gettysburg, PA

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