Civil War General Colonel 34th New Jersey Infantry Discharge Document Signed '62
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Civil War General Colonel 34th New Jersey Infantry Discharge Document Signed '62:
Timothy Cummings Moore
(1824 – 1913)
Civil War Brevet Brigadier General, USV
Colonel, 34th New Jersey Infantry
HERE’S a Rare CIVIL WAR DATED DOCUMENT SIGNED  by MOORE, while serving as Captain Commanding Co. K, 6th NJ Volunteer Infantry - - A Certificate of Discharge for John H. Thompson, Private, 6th NJ Infantry. Datelined “…at Camp of the 6th N. J. Vol. this 24th day of July 1862.”
The document cover measures 8” x 10” and is in very good, clean condition –. A great piece to frame with a CDV Photograph or Period Engraving of the General! Note the biography pictured in the listing is included with the autograph.
A RARE & Excellent Piece of U.S./New Jersey Military History to add to your Autograph, Manuscript & Ephemera Collection!
Biography of Timothy Cummings Moore
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. He was mustered in as an Ensign (2nd Lieutenant) in Company F, 4th New Jersey Militia on April 27, 1861, and served in the defenses of Washington, DC and in reserve during the July 1861 First Bull Run Campaign before being mustered out on July 31, 1861. Commissioned then as a Captain in the 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, he was mustered in as commander of Company C on September 9, 1861, and served leading the unit until he resigned due to disability on January 14, 1863.
When New Jersey raised Independent Militia companies to meet the crisis in Pennsylvania caused by the invasion of that state by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, Timothy Moore accepted the second in command of those units, serving as a 1st lieutenant from June 17, 1863 to July 17, 1863.
A few weeks later be was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the 34th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry (September 24, 1863), and served in this duty through the end of the war. While the regiment was assigned to post-war occupation duty in the south, he was promoted to Colonel and commander of the regiment on November 8, 1865.
His Union Army service finally came to an end on April 30,. 1866 when he and his regiment was mustered out of service - the last from the state of New Jersey. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on November 11, 1865 for "gallant and meritorious services". (bio by Russ Dodge)
Thirty-fourth Infantry.-Cols., William H. Lawrence,
Timothy C. Moore, Lieut.-Col., Robert M. Ekings; Majs.,
Gustavus N. Abeel, Henry P. Reed. This regiment was raised
during the summer and autumn of 1863, principally from the
counties of Mercer, Salem, Burlington and Camden, with
numerous recruits from all parts of the state, and a plentiful
addition from the neighboring cities of New York and
Philadelphia of men attracted by the large bounties then being
paid. The term of enlistment was for three years. The first
place of rendezvous was Beverly, where the regiment was under
the command of Col. E. B. Grubb, formerly of the 23d. About
Oct. 25 the regiment was removed to Camp Parker, near Trenton
where the complement of men was obtained and mustered in. The
colonel, William Hudson Lawrence, was a captain in the 14th
regular infantry, who had obtained leave of absence from the
secretary of war to take a volunteer command; the lieutenant-
colonel was Timothy C. Moore, formerly of the 5th N. J., and
the major was Gustavus N. Abeel, of the 1st N. J. infantry,
who had been serving for a year before on the staff of Gen.
Torbert, then commanding the 1st brigade. After unavailing
efforts on the part of Col. Lawrence to have the regiment
attached to the Army of the Potomac, it was ordered to East
port, Miss., to report to Gen. W. T. Sherman, and in pursuance
of that order, left Trenton on the morning of Nov. 16, 1863,
for Philadelphia, its strength for duty being 800. Finally
being placed as a permanent garrison at Columbus, Ky., on
April 13, 1864, a desultory skirmish was had for some hours,
when the enemy withdrew, foiled in his purpose to carry the
position. During the month of June a spirited engagement took
place at Hickman, Ky., between a detachment of the 34th and
some Confederate cavalry. The enemy was encountered in force
near Clinton, Ky., on July 1O, and after a sharp action of 2
hours he was defeated with a loss of 5 killed, 30 wounded and
17 prisoners, including the notorious Capt. Kesterson, who was
executed shortly afterward. Being transferred to the
Department of the Gulf, in April, 1865, it took part in the
assault and capture of Spanish Fort, Batteries Huger, Tracey
and Fort Blakely, in which action it lost 3 killed and 15
wounded. The regiment remained in service until April 30, 1866.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
Sixth Infantry.--Cols., James T. Hatfield, Gershom Mott,
George C. Burling; Lieut.-Cols., Simpson R. Stroud, John P. Van
Leer, Stephen R. Gilkyson; Majs., Theodore W. Baker, John
Willian. This regiment was organized under the provisions of
an act of Congress, approved July 22, 1861, and was fully
organized, equipped and officered by Aug. 19, at which time it
was mustered into the U. S. service at Camp Olden, Trenton, for
three years. It left the state on Sept. 10, with 38 officers,
860 non-commissioned officers and privates, a total of 898.
Upon arrival at Washington the regiment went into camp at
Meridian hill, and remained there until the early part of
December, at which time it was ordered to report to Gen.
Hooker, near Budd's ferry, Md., where it was brigaded with the
5th, 7th and 8th N. J., composing what was generally known as
the 2nd New Jersey brigade, the 3d brigade, Hooker's division.
At the battle of Williamsburg, Va., the brigade was sent into
the left of a road and occupied a wood in front of a line of
field-works. Among the killed was Lieut.-Col. John P. Van
Leer, and among the wounded were a large number of officers.
At the battle of Fair Oaks the 5th and 6th moved forward under
Col. Starr, cutting their way through a mass of panic-stricken
fugitives, the loss of the 6th being 7 killed and 14 wounded.
The next morning the two regiments advanced and occupied the
ground recovered from the enemy, where they remained until June
25, being almost constantly on duty at the front. In the
combat at Savage Station, the New Jersey brigade was not
directly engaged, but the 6th regiment had 2 men wounded by
shells. At Bristoe Station Col. Mott was badly wounded in the
fore-arm, and in the series of engagements, ending at Chantilly
on Sept. 1, 1862, the regiment suffered a total loss of 104
men. Going into camp at Alexandria, the brigade remained
undisturbed until Nov. 1 when, Lee having been driven from
Maryland, it proceeded towards Bristoe Station, where it
arrived on the 4th, the 5th and 6th regiments being in advance.
For the Chancellorsville affair in the spring of 1863, the New
Jersey brigade, which at that time included the 2nd New York
and 115th Penn. regiments, as well as the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th
N. J., all under command of Gen. Mott, crossed the Rappahannock
on Friday, May 1. The losses of the 6th during the engagement
amounted to 6 killed, 59 wounded and 8 missing, Col. Burling
being among the wounded. At the time of the battle of
Gettysburg the 115th Pa. and 2nd N. H. regiments were attached
to the brigade, which was under the command of Col. Burling,
Gen. Mott not having recovered from his wound received at
Chancellorsville. At the battle of the Wilderness, at 5
o'clock in the morning of the second day, six regiments of the
brigade advanced, the 5th, 6th and 11th N. J. being placed
under Col. Sewell. In the assault at Spottsylvania the brigade
was in the front line, the 6th acting as skirmishers. The
total losses of the regiment during the months of May and June,
1864, amounted to 16 killed, 99 wounded, 8 missing. In Aug.
and Sept., 1864, a large number of recruits were forwarded to
the regiment, and with those who had reenlisted and those whose
term of service had not expired, were assigned to what was
known as Cos. A, B and C, 6th battalion, until Oct. 12, 1864,
at which time they were transferred to and consolidated with
the 8th regiment. By reason of such transfer the 6th regiment
as an organization ceased to exist. The total strength of the
regiment was 1,485, and it lost, by resignation 26, by
discharge 364, by promotion 53, by transfer 314, by death 180,
by desertion 209, by dismissal 3, not accounted for 157, and
179 were mustered out at the end of the regiment's term of
Source: The Union Army, vol. 3
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