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62nd Illinois Infantry
Regiment History

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Adjutant General's Report

The Sixty-second Infantry Illinois Volunteers was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna, Ill., April 10, 1862, by Colonel James M. True.

April 22, 1862, ordered to Cairo, Ill. May 7 to Paducah. June 7, to Columbus; and thence in Colonel Ditzler's Brigade to Tenn., where it was stationed on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad near Crockett Station, with headquarters at Kenton.

December 2, 1862, moved to Jackson, Tenn., and thence, to Grand Junction and Holly Springs. 13th, at midnight, started for Jackson, leaving about 200 men sick and on duty at Holly springs. About two miles from Jackson, found the railroad bridge on fire. Marched to Jackson, and four miles beyond, skirmishing with the enemy. 20th, followed Forrest 20 miles, and 21st, returned to Jackson. 23d, marched to Mendon Station, Denmark, and Toon's Station, on Mississippi Central Railroad, and returned to Jackson 27th.

December 20, Van Dorn captured Holly Springs, paroling 170 men of the Sixty-second, including the Major and 3 Lieutenants, and destroying all the records, papers and camp equipage of the Regiment. The Regiment moved from Jackson, in Colonel M. K. Lawler's Brigade, December 31, 1862, in pursuit of Forrest, and reached Tennessee River, opposite Clifton, January 3, 1863; but finding the enemy well posted on the opposite bank, with heavy artillery, returned to Jackson, January 8.

On the 18th of April, 1863, the Regiment was brigaded with Fiftieth Indiana, Twenty-seventh Iowa, and First West Tennessee, in Second Brigade, Third Division, Sixteenth Army Corps, Colonel James M. True commanding Brigade. On the 18th, moved to Lagrange. June 8, First West Tennessee was taken out of the Brigade, and Forty-ninth Illinois and Vaughn's Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, assigned in its place.

August 19, ordered to Memphis, and 34th, embarked for Helena, and, on the 28th, took up the line of march for Little Rock.

September 2, overtook General Steele's Army at Brownsville, and, on the 10th, met the enemy, near Little Rock, driving him back, and compelling the evacuation of the place.

January 9, 1864, the Regiment re-enlisted, as a veteran organization. April 25, moved to Pine Bluff, where it remained until August 12, 1864.

August 12, started to Illinois, for veteran furlough. After the expiration of the veteran furlough, returned to Pine Bluff, arriving November 25, 1864.

The non-veterans of the Regiment were ordered to Illinois, for muster-out. April 10, 1865, the remaining veterans and recruits were consolidated into seven companies, and remained on duty at Pine Bluff, until July 28, 1865, when it moved, by river, to Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation, where it was stationed as a part of Brigadier General Bussey's command, in the District of the Frontier.

Mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., March 6, 1866, and ordered to Springfield, Ill., for final pay and discharge.

NO. 98                    }Extract

 III. The original service term of the Sixty-second Regiment Illinois Infantry Volunteers having expired, the retained re-enlisted men and recruits belonging thereto will, under the supervision of the Commissary of Musters for the Department, be re-organized as a seven company Battalion, with officers as follows, viz:

Lewis C. True Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel
Guy S. Alexander Captain Company F Major
John W. Cameron Surgeon Surgeon
Seth C. Hatch Assistant Surgeon Assistant Surgeon
William P. Ferris First Lieut. and Adj't First Lieut. and Adj't
Henry F. Walters First Lieut. and QM First Lieut. and QM
Jacob J. Applegate Captain Co. A Captain Co. A
Edmund M. Jordan Captain Co. B  Captain Co. B
Allen Gibson Captain Co. C Captain Co. C
John W. Hannah Captain Co. K Captain Co. D
George S. Gary Second Lieut. Co. E Captain Co. E
George A. Everingham   First Lieut. Co. F Captain Co. F
John C. Parcel Captain Co. I Captain Co. G
Benjamin F. Gosnell Sergeant Co. A First Lieut. Co. A
John H. Askins First Lieut. Co. B First Lieut. Co. B
John J. Gibbons First Lieut. Co. C  First Lieut. Co. C
Elisha J. Tremble First Lieut. Co. K First Lieut. Co. D
Lewis L. Humphreys Sgt. Co. E First Lieut. Co. E
George F. Dollehon Second Lieut. Co. F First Lieut. Co. F
Samuel F. Wilson First Lieut. Co. G First Lieut. Co. G
Philip C. Suit  First Sgt. Co. K Second Lieut. Co. A
William Oder  Sergeant Co. G  Second Lieut. Co. B
Noah Culp Sergeant Co. C Second Lieut. Co. C
Samuel C. Snapp Second Lieut. Co. K Second Lieut. Co. D
Joseph Stover  Sergeant Co. E  Second Lieut. Co. E
James Moores Sergeant Co. F  Second Lieut. Co. F
Thomas Roberts Sergeant Co. I  Second Lieut. Co. G

Each new company will have an enlisted total of at least ninety-six (96) men; and all commissioned officers of said Regiment, not herein designated, will report to the chief mustering officer for State of Illinois for muster-out, with that portion of original command entitled to discharge, April 10, 1865.

By command of Major General J. J. Reynolds
                                                                                       W. J. Buchanan,
                                                                                                   1st Lieut. and A.A.A.G


Transcribed by Susan Tortorelli

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