PETER DECKER was born March 13, 1841 in Newfoundland, New Jersey,
which is in Morris County, to Peter Mark Decker and his wife the
former Maria Blauvelt. His mother died in 1848. When the Civil
War began John P. Decker answered his country's call on April 12, 1861
when he enlisted in the First New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. He saw
action at the First Battle of the Bull Run, then mustered out on July
13, 1861. He reenlisted in 1862 at Newark, New Jersey, serving with
the Thirteenth New Jersey Infantry, with whom he served until the war
ended. John P. Decker re-enlisted in Company D, New Jersey 13th Infantry Regiment on
August 25, 1862. He was Promoted to Full Sergeant Major on August 31,
1864, and was promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on April 24, 1865.
Lieutenant Decker mustered out on June 8, 1865 at Washington, DC.
Thirteenth Mew Jersey was mustered into Federal service on August 25, 1862, and was assigned
to the Army
of the Potomac's XII
being in existence for less than a month, and with bare rudimentary
military training, it was thrown into a combat role at the September
17, 1862, Battle
of Antietam. There it fought near the Dunkard Church and performed
relatively well considering the unit's
inexperience. Its further
service would see the regiment take part in the Battles of Chancellorsville,
Campaign (most notably at the Battle
of Peachtree Creek), the March
to the Sea, and Bentonville.
P. Decker married Abigail Sayers in Newark, New Jersey in 1865. The
family lived in North Jersey until the mid-1870s, then moved to New
York. By 1887 the Decker were living on Staten Island, and had been
blessed with five children, Sons Edwin, Charles, Joseph, and Marcus,
and a daughter, Grace.
P. Decker remained on Staten Island through at least 1910. The 1920
Census shows him and his wife living in Monrovia, California. In 1923
they moved to Camden, New Jersey and took up residence with their
youngest son, Marcus F. Decker, who lived with his family in Fairview
and worked as a painter. Abigail Decker passed away in 1927.
P. Decker died at home on June 14, 1931. He was buried in Evergreen
Cemetery in Camden. Mr. Decker had been a member of the Thomas
Post No. 5 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
P. Decker's grandson, Edwin V.
Decker, son of Marcus Decker, had a long and distinguished career
with the Camden Fire Department.