The North Carolina 62nd Infantry Regiment was formed at Waynesville, North Carolina, in July, 1862. Its members were raised in the counties of Haywood, Clay, Macon, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania. The unit served in North Carolina, then in July,
1863, was assigned to General Gracie's Brigade and stationed at Cumberland Gap. Here many were surrendered in September, but a number escaped from being captured. They returned to the Asheville area and in April, 1864 had 178 men present. The records show
443 men of the 62nd were prisoners at Camp Douglas. It continued the fight under Generals Breckinridge, Vaughn, and Williams in East Tennessee, then became a part of Colonel J.B. Palmer's command at Asheville in March, 1865. Later it disbanded near the French Broad River.
All three of these officers were descendants of revolutionary soldiers, and appropriately commanded men, most of whom were also lineal descendants of the heroes of 1776 and as brave and patriotic as their ancestors.
Want of space precludes the possibility of the mention of even the names of this heroic band which are given, with some occasions and inaccuracies in Moore's Roster, Vol.8, p. 716, et seq. Their descendants should remember and be proud of the membership of their parents in such a command.
- B. G. Mc Dowell
Robert Gustavus Adolphus Love, Waynesville, N. C.
George W. Clayton, Asheville, N. C.
Byron G. McDowell, Macon county, N. C.
R. B. Johnson, Captain and Quartermaster, of Asheville.
Patrick Thrash, Captain and Commissary of Subsistence, Buncombe county.
Dr. H. M. Rogers, Surgeon, Haywood county.
Dr. G. D. S. Allen, Assistant Surgeon, Haywood county.
Lieutenant James H. McAlister, Assistant Commissary of Subsistence.
Joseph E. Haynes, Adjutant, of Knoxville, Tennessee. Assignments:
Department of North Carolina
General Gracie's Brigade – July 1863
Generals Breckinridge, Vaughn, and Williams
Colonel J.B. Palmer's command - March, 1865. Battles:
Causby Creek – Citizen’s Uprising
Cumberland Gap Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 2097 men.
Company A - Haywood County
Company B - Clay County
Company C - Haywood County
Company D - Macon County
Company E - Haywood County
Company F - Rutherford County
Company G - Jackson County
Company H - Henderson
Company I - Haywood County
Company K - Transylvania County Bibliography for Research: