Pvt. Walter S. Personett

Verona Residence: Grove Avenue

American Civil War Soldiers Record
Name: Walter S Personett
Enlistment Date: 09 July 1863
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: New Jersey
Unit Numbers: 1220
Service Record: POW
Enlisted as a Private on 09 July 1863
Enlisted in Company I, 2nd Cavalry Regiment New Jersey on 28 August 1863. Died of disease while a POW Company I, 2nd Cavalry Regiment New Jersey on 01 October 1864 in Andersonville, Georgia.





Portion of 1850 U.S. Federal Census in Caldwell, New Jersey (now Verona) showing Dr. Stephen Personett and family. S. Walter Personett was 4 years old.

American Civil War Regiments Record Regiment: 2nd Cavalry Regiment NJ
Date Mustered: 01 November 1865
Regiment Type: Cavalry
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 3
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 48
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 0
Regimental History NEW JERSEY2ND CAVALRY(also known as the NJ 32nd Infantry)Second Cavalry.-Col., Joseph Karge; Lieut.-Cols., MarcusL. W. Kitchen, P. Jones Yorker Majs., Frederick B. Revere,Peter D. Vroom, Jr., Philip L. Van Rensselaer. This regiment was recruited in the summer of 1863 and left Trenton for Washington on Oct. 5 of that year, reaching the capital on the following day with 890 men. On Oct. 17 Co. A was attacked by Mosby at Fairfax, Va., and the company was routed, the captain,with 2 sergeants and 1 private being taken prisoners and 1corporal wounded and left on the field. Being transferred to the southwest, the first skirmish of importance took place at Iuka, Miss., where two companies of the regiment encountered a force of the enemy and drove it through the place, losing 1 man killed. On Dec. 6, a change in the plan of operations in that quarter having been determined upon, the regiment was transferred by steamer to Columbus, Ky., whence, on the 15th,it proceeded to Union City, Tenn., where it was placed in the cavalry brigade commanded by Col. Waring, of the 4th Mo.cavalry. In Jan., 1864, the command moved forward rapidly without encountering the enemy in any force, but meeting and dispersing small gangs of guerrillas, until the 2nd Jersey,having the advance, came into collision with and routed a force of hostile cavalry near Aberdeen, Miss., the same evening occupying Prairie Station and destroying an immense quantity of corn, together with cotton and other property belonging to the Confederate government. The regiment, still advancing,skirmished for some hours with Forrest’s cavalry, finally reaching the vicinity of West Point, about 100 miles north of Meridian, where Sherman’s cooperating column had already arrived. The following day it was also engaged and on Feb. 22it participated in a fierce conflict at Okolona. On April 10,Maj. Yorke, with 300 men of the regiment, was sent against the enemy in the vicinity of Raleigh, Tenn., some distance north of Memphis, and coming up with the hostile force bravely charged into its midst, driving it into its brigade camp, after inflicting severe loss in killed and prisoners. The regiment also participated in the fight at Bolivar, Tenn., and lost in the engagement 2 killed and 6 wounded. The conduct of the regiment in the disastrous affair at Guntown, Miss., both in the main action and on the retreat, was creditable in the highest degree, but it suffered heavily, losing 8 officers and130 men out of 17 officers and 350 men taken into action. On July 11, with other troops, it moved in search of the enemy encountering him at Port Gibson, Miss., and losing in the combat which ensued, through alleged mismanagement, 2 men killed and Lieut. Braun, 26 men and 2 guidons captured. Two days afterward, at an early hour in the morning, the enemy in some force made a sharp assault upon the Union picket line,pressing it with equal vigor along the entire front but the assailants were promptly met and after an hour’s fighting were driven in confusion. Being ordered into Arkansas and disembarking at Osceola, the command crossed a swamp some 18miles in length, the mud and water reaching to the saddle-girths of the horses, to Big lake, where after some brisk firing a Confederate train consisting of some 18 wagons, loaded with over 900 stand of arms of approved pattern, together with11 prisoners and 2 commissioned officers, was captured.Reaching Verona, Miss., on Dec. 25, the command at once charged gallantly on the enemy, who was completely surprised and offered but a feeble resistance, most of them escaping into the timber under cover of the darkness leaving as spoils, eight buildings filled with fixed ammunition, estimated at 30 tons,5,000 stands of new carbines, 8,000 sacks of shelled corn, a large quantity of wheat, an immense amount of quartermaster stores, clothing camp and garrison equipage, a train of cars and a large number of army weapons which had been captured by Forrest from Gen. Sturgis during the latter’s disastrous expedition in June. The regiment also participated in the fight at Egypt Station, in which 74 men and over 80 horses of the 2nd N. J. were killed or wounded. The regiment returned by steamer to Memphis, having lost during the entire expedition 19 men killed, 69 wounded and 2 missing, and 155 horses and mules killed or disabled. The regiment was finally mustered out on Nov. 1, 1865. (This was also known as the 32nd N. J.volunteers.)Source: The Union Army, vol. 3 Battles Fought on 04 December 1863 at Iuka, MS.Fought on 28 December 1863.Fought on 28 January 1864.Fought on 02 February 1864 at Union City, TN.Fought on 13 February 1864.Fought on 13 February 1864 at Holly Springs, MS.Fought on 14 February 1864 at Memphis, TN.Fought on 18 February 1864 at Okolona, MS.Fought on 20 February 1864 at Okolona, MS.Fought on 22 February 1864 at Okolona, MS.Fought on 25 February 1864 at New Albany, MS.Fought on 25 February 1864 at Union City, TN.Fought on 24 March 1864.Fought on 02 May 1864 at Bolivar, TN.Fought on 04 May 1864 at Bolivar, TN.Fought on 06 June 1864 at Corinth, MS.Fought on 09 June 1864 at Guntown, MS.Fought on 10 June 1864 at Guntown, MS.Fought on 11 June 1864 at Guntown, MS.Fought on 11 June 1864 at Waldron’s Bridge, MS.Fought on 12 June 1864 at Guntown, MS.Fought on 02 July 1864 at Memphis, TN.Fought on 15 July 1864 at Port Gibson, MS.Fought on 12 September 1864 at Memphis, TN.Fought on 13 September 1864 at Memphis, TN.Fought on 05 October 1864 at Memphis, TN.Fought on 24 December 1864.Fought on 26 December 1864.Fought on 28 December 1864 at Egypt Station, MS.Fought on 18 February 1865 at Mississippi.Fought on 28 April 1865 at Clayton, AL.

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