Cedar Creek After Action Report, Commander, 14th New Jersey (1st Brigade, 3d Division, 6th Corps) (OR, 43, 235-6)



Near Cedar Creek, Va., November 1,1861.

SIR: In compliance with circular received this day, I have the honor to make the following report of the part which the Fourteenth New Jersey Volunteers took in the engagement of the 19th of October, in the battle of Cedar Creek, Va.:

At daylight on the 19th instant I was awakened by heavy firing on the left of our lines, and in a short time afterward received orders to have my regiment pack up and get under arms. Brigade formed line on the crest of the hill in rear of the camp; my regiment was in the second line. We were here but a few moments before we were under fire. A regiment breaking in the front line, I received orders from my brigade commander to place my regiment in their place. In doing this a volley was fired upon us from the rear by our own troops, which caused my men to break. They were soon rallied, and when our whole line gave way my regiment went with them, stopped with the line behind the rail fence, and fell back with the brigade in good order Formed line in edge of woods, being on the right of brigade. At 1 p. m. sent 100 men and 3 commissioned officers to the fronts according to orders received, to be deployed as skirmishers, covering the brigade front, and advanced to the edge of the woods. When the line had advanced at 4 p. m. over the skirmish line, my men were assembled and joined the brigade, on the left behind the stone wall, and participated in the final charge, and reached our old camp after dark.

  Casualties: 1 commissioned officer killed, 1 commissioned officer wounded, 3 enlisted men killed, 23 enlisted men wounded.

  Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


  Captain, Commanding Regiment.



Assistant Adjutant-General, First Brigade.