Hugh C. Irish, killed while leading his men into battle for the
first time, their "Baptism of Fire", stands at the top of the
New Jersey Monument on a column rising from the massive hexagonal base.
The monument is located near the exact spot where this action took place,
in the road to the left of the monument as shown in the photo above
tablet describing the action which took place at this site and a smaller
tablet naming the New Jersey State Governor and Commissioners for the
establishment of the monument. All were members of the 13th NJV.
following story relates the events from the day George R. Harrison of
Centerville New Jersey (now Roseland New Jersey) joined the Union Army, to
the day he was killed at the battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.
title is from a popular hymn which the boys of the 13th. sung while in the town of
Fredericksburg Maryland just prior to the battle.