Corporal James Bullman, CO.C, 14th New Jersey Volunteer Regiment, Union Army, resided with his family on the “Bullman Farm” on Raritan Road, where the Bank of America and Acme Supermarket are presently located.
Bullman was killed in action on June 1, 1864 at the Battle of Cold Harbor, in Hanover County, Virginia. More than 7,000 Union forces died during the battle.
On that fateful date, at 1700 hours, Bullman was in the front line, as the 14th attacked strongly entrenched Confederate forces. A dreadful battle was fought, lasting long after dark. The 14th Regiment suffered critically, with 240 killed and/or wounded, including Cpl. James Bullman.
After Cold Harbor, Commanding General Hiram Ulysses Grant said to his staff, “I regret this assault, more than any one I ever ordered.”
This Fallen Hero is buried in the Bullman family plot in South Plainfield.
Clark's Fallen Heroes profiles those 21 soldiers from Clark who died in service to their country. Author William Duffy’s research into Clark’s fallen heroes included such primary sources as United States military records kept at the National Archive, articles and reports from “The Elizabeth Daily Journal,” photographs, letters and, when possible, interviews with family members and friends of the deceased.
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