62nd Infantry Regiment
Nickname: Anderson's Zouaves; Advanced Zoos
Mustered in: June 30, 1861.
Mustered out: August 30, 1865.
The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.
This regiment, Col. John Lafayette Riker, was raised under special authority from the War Department, organized in camp near Saltersville, N. J., turned over to the State in September, 1861, and numerically designated October 19, 1861. It was mustered in the service of the United States for three years June 30 and July I, 1861, and the companies were recruited principally in New York City, a few of the men coming from Brooklyn, Troy, Albany and Saltersville, N. J. At the expiration of its term of service, the men entitled thereto were discharged and the regiment, nine companies only, retained in service.
It left the State August 21, 1861; served at and near Washington, D. C., from August, 1861; in Peck's Brigade, Buell's, later Keyes', Division, Army of the Potomac, from October 15, 1861; in same, 1st Brigade, Couch's, First Division, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from March 13, 1862; in 2d Brigade, 1st Division, 4th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September, 1862; in 2d Brigade, 3d Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from September 26, 1862; in 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac, from October, 1862; in the 1st Brigade, 2d Division, 6th Corps, from March, 1864; at Fort Schuyler, New York harbor, from July, 1865; and it was honorably discharged and mustered out, commanded by Col. Theodore B. Hamilton, August 30, 1865, at Fort Schuyler, New York harbor.
During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 2 officers, 56 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 39 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 2 officers, 82 enlisted men; total, 4 officers, 177 enlisted men; aggregate, 181; of whom 9 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy.
The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
Sixty-second Infantry.—Cols., J. Lafayette Ryker, David J. Nevin, Theodore B. Hamilton; Lieut.-Cols., David J. Nevin, Oscar V. Dayton, Theodore B. Hamilton, William H. Baker; Majs., Oscar V. Dayton, Wilson Hubbell, William H. Baker. The 62nd, "Anderson's Zouaves," composed mainly of members from New York city, Brooklyn, Albany, Troy and Saltersville, N. J., was organized at Saltersville and there mustered into the U. S. service June 30 and July 1, 1861, for three years. It left for Washington on Aug. 21, 1861, and in October was assigned to Peck's brigade, Buell's division, Army of the Potomac, which in March, 1862, became the 1st brigade, 1st division, 4th corps, Army of the Potomac, and reached the Peninsula in time to share in the operations before Yorktown, the battle of Williamsburg and the battle of Fair Oaks. In the Seven Days' battles the 62nd was closely engaged and suffered heavy loss. It arrived with the corps at Falmouth in time to participate in the battle of Fred-ericksburg, after which winter quarters were established across the river. In the Chancellorsville campaign the regiment met with its greatest losses, having been transferred in the preceding October to the 6th corps, and the 2nd and 3d divisions of which carried Marye's heights in a brilliant assault. The regiment was at this time attached to the 3d brigade, 3d division, with which it served until the reorganization of the Army of the Potomac just preceding the Wilderness campaign. It fought at Gettysburg; moved with the 6th corps through Boonsboro, Funkstown and Rappahannock Station; engaged in the Mine Run campaign, and went into winter quarters near Brandy Station. The original members of the regiment not reenlisted were mustered out at the expiration of their term of service but nine companies of the regiment remained in the service and in March, 1864, were assigned to the 1st brigade, 2nd division, 6th corps, where they served through the Wilderness campaign and the siege of Petersburg. In the opening of the fight in the Wilderness, the regiment lost 72 killed, wounded and missing. It also suffered severely in the first assault on Petersburg and at the Weldon railroad in June, 1864. At the time of Early's raid in July, the 6th corps was ordered to Washington and left its position before Petersburg on July 10. It joined in the pursuit of Early in the Shenandoah valley and was active at Charlestown, the Ope-quan, at Fisher's hill, and Cedar creek, in all of which the 62nd bore an honorable part. Returning to Petersburg in December, the troops established camp near the Weldon railroad and participated in the final assault on the fortifications and the pursuit of Lee's Army after the fall of the city, fighting their last battle at Sailor's creek, April 6, 1865. For a month the regiment was stationed at Fort Schuyler, N. Y. harbor, where it was mustered out on Aug. 30, 1865, having lost during its term of service 98 by death from wounds and 84 from other causes.
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The 62nd Regiment, or “Anderson’s Zouaves,” mustered into service for three years on June 30 and July 1, 1861. When their three-year term expired,…
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