Ok, George Rogers. I think I know how you ended up in New Jersey after generations in Branford, CT.
Civil War happened. You were a Private in a Regiment with 2300 men for four years and you wanted to bring your family to a nicer life when it was over. That, and I bet I’d find a few neighbors (at least one) you served with during that time.
UNION CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry
Organized at Hartford September 21, 1861. Left State for Annapolis, Md., October 17. Attached to Parke’s Tnird Brigade, Burnside’s Expedltionary Corps, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Department of Virginia, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Getty’s Division, United States forces, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina to January, 1864. Sub-District Albemarle, N.C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to August, 1864. Provost Guard, 18th Army Corps to December, 1864. Provost Guard, 24th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps, to July, 1865. 2nd Provisional Brigade, 24th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Virginia to December, 1865.
Duty at Annapolis, Md., till January 6, 1862. Burnside’s expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island, N.C., January 7-February 8, 1862. Battle of Roanoke Island February 8. At Roanoke Island till March 11. Moved to New Berne, N.C., March 11-13. Battle of Newberne March 14. Operations against Fort Macon March 23-April 26. Skirmish Fort Macon April 12. Capture of Fort Macon April 26. Duty at New Berne till July. Moved to Morehead City July 2, thence to Newport News, Va., July 3-5 and duty there till August 1. Moved to Fredericksburg, Va., August 1-5 and duty there till August 31. Moved to Brooks’ Station, thence to Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3. Maryland Campaign September-October Frederick, Md., September 12. Turner’s Gap, South Mountain, September 14. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty in Pleasant Valley till October 27. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 27-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Burnside’s 2nd Campaign, “Mud March,” January 20-24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 6-9, thence to Suffolk March 13. Siege of Suffolk April 12-May 4. Fort Huger, April 19. Edenton Road April 24. Nansemond River May 3. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Dix’s Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 7. Expedition from White House to South Anna River July 1-7. Moved to Portsmouth, Va., and duty there till March, 1864. Expedition to South Mills October 12-14, 1863. Outpost duty at Deep Creek March 13 to April 18, 1864. Moved to Yorktown April 18-21. Butler’s operations on south side of the James and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Occupation of City Point and Bermuda Hundred May 5. Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station, May 7. Swift Creek, or Arrowfield Church, May 9-10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Battle of Drewry’s Bluff May 14-16. On Bermuda Hundred front May 17-27. Moved to White House Landing, thence to Cold Harbor, May 27-June 1. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12. Assaults on Petersburg June 15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine explosion Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). On Bermuda Hundred front August 25-September 27. Fort Harrison, New Market Heights, September 28-29. Chaffin’s Farm, September 29-30. Duty in trenches before Richmond till April, 1865. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28, 1864. Occupation of Richmond April 3 and duty there and at Lynchburg, Va., till December. Mustered out December, 1865.
Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 141 Enlisted men by disease. Total 264.