Belleville, New Jersey, in the War Between The States

Civil War 1861-1865

These Belleville Sons are known to have died in the Civil War

Captain Henry Benson

John J. Rodgers

Thomas Stevens

From Belleville, two soldiers died in the Seven Daysí Battle (Peninsula Campaign) as Thomas Stevens (Stephens) was killed  June 27, 1862, and Captain Henry Benson died of his wounds on August 11, 1862.

John Rogers (Rodgers) was killed in action on April 8, 1865, at Fort Davis while defending Washington, D.C., shortly before the war ended.

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Capt. Henry Benson, KIA, Civil War. Buried in Belleville, NJ

The intersection of Main and Rutgers streets was dedicated in Honor of Captain Henry Benson who died of his wounds on the battlefield in the Civil War. The same day, the intersection of and Florence Avenue and Franklin Street was dedicated in honor of Frank A. Cancelliere who was KIA in Vietnam on Saturday, September 10, 2016. After the street ceremonies, family and friends gathered for refreshments at Belleville Nutley DAV Chapter 22, 612 Mill Street, Belleville, N.J.

General Llewellyn Frost Haskell

Belleville born soldier rose to top Union Army ranks, led Colored Infantry, present at Lee surrender at Appomattox

Commodore William D. Whiting

Civil War naval commander is buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Belleville, N.J.


The full number of men from Belleville and Nutley (still a part of Belleville), N.J., who served during the war is difficult to determine. Many local men joined the service in New York and other locations as they saw the New Jersey militia as too slow in activating its troops.

Daniel Henry Rucker

Major General, US Army
(Arlington National Cemetery)
Born on April 28, 1812 at Belleville, New Jersey.

Stephen V.C. Van Renssalaer

Civil War Union Army Officer. Commissioned Captain and commander of Company A, 13th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry on August 22, 1861, and fought with his unit at the Battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsvile and Gettysburg. Death: May. 20, 1885. Buried: Christ Church Cemetery

William E. Blewett

Company F, Second Regiment, William E. Blewett 1st Lt. June 4, '62 June 4, '62 3 Yrs 2d Lt. June 12, '61; 1st Lt. vice Vreeland promoted; resigned Sept. 9, '62. Source: Civil War database, N.J. Civil War Record: Page 126, NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS. Company E, Second Regiment.

DIARY OF JAMES C. TAYLOR of Belleville, N. J. In the War to Save the Union of the United States of America

Belleville and Nutley NJ in the Civl war - a brief history - by Anthony BuccinoBelleville and Nutley in the Civil War
a Brief History

by Anthony Buccino

A compilation of information documenting the participation of the New Jersey towns of Belleville and Nutley in the American Civil War. Publication includes information on six local soldiers killed in action in the War Between the states, plus information on the battle campaigns in which they gave up their lives. Also lists information on participation in various New Jersey and other state militias by local men.

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Belleville Historical Society, Edward O'Neil

The Belleville Times, Nov. 11, 1996, Richard Dickon, Editor

Civil War Diary of James C. Taylor of Belleville, Company F, 39th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers, in the War to Save the Union of the United States of America, 1925.

Diane Price, Belleville Public Library

Glen Pierce

Norman Price

Michael Perrone

Find a grave

NJ State Library

Belleville Sons Honor Roll

  A Place of Honor and Remembrance In the Home of the Brave

Belleville, New Jersey


BELLEVILLE SONS HONOR ROLL - Remembering the men who paid for our freedom; photo by Robert Caruso, used by permission.

Belleville Sons Honor Roll
Remembering the men who paid for our freedom

In the last century, Belleville lost 157 sons while in service to our country. This collection, gathered from newspaper clippings and other sources gathers what we know about these young men in an effort that their sacrifice not be forgotten.  

Belleville Sons Honor Roll includes more information on Belleville actions in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, the Civil War diary of James C. Taylor, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and peacetime casualties.

Edited by Anthony Buccino and  Andrea Buccino

Available in paperback, Nook, Kindle and Amazon.

Nutley Sons Honor Roll by Anthony Buccino

Nutley Sons Honor Roll


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Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War - a Brief History

Anthony Buccino