The now delusive dream of a short war had passed, and the return of peace seemed more and more remote. As as result, President Lincoln issued a call in July of 1862, for an additional 300,000 volunteers to be mustered into the service of the United States. New Jersey, being given a quota of five regiments, was quick to answer the call, having already started recruiting as early as May in anticipation of Lincoln’s call, and were able to fully officer and equip all five regiments; 4,862 men by September 4, 1862. This along with two artillery batteries and one cavalry regiment would bring the total number of New Jerseyians serving to 15,905 by the end of 1862. New Jersey would eventually supply thirty-one regiments (including cavalry) totaling 25,257 men, of which 23,116 who would serve in the Army of the Potomac. New Jerseyians served with distinction, fighting in almost every major battle in the Eastern theatre of war from Bull Run, to Antietam, to Gettysburg, and Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.