62nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

62nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment

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62nd Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry OVERVIEW Organized at Pittsburg as 33rd Regiment August 31 1861. Left state for Washington D. C. August 31 1861. Designation changed to 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers November 18 1861. Attached to Morrell's Brigade Fitz John Porter's Division Army Potomac to March 1862. 2nd Brigade 1st Division 3rd Army Corps Army Potomac to May 1862. 2nd Brigade 1st Division 5th Army Corps to July 1864. SERVICECamp near Fort Corcoran Defences of Washington D. C. till October 1861 and near Fall's Church Va. till March 1862. Moved to the Peninsula March 22-24. Reconnoissance to Big Bethel March 30. Howard's Mills near Cockletown April 4. Warwick Road April 5. Siege of Yorktown April 5-May 4. Hanover C. H. May 27. Operations about Hanover C. H. May 27-29. Seven days before Richmond June 25-July 1. Battles of Mechanicsville June 26 Gaines Mill June 27 Savage Station June 29 Turkey Bridge or Malvern Cliff June 30 Malvern Hill July 1. At Harrison's Landing till August 16. Movement to Fortress Monroe thence to Centreville August 16-28. Battle of Bull Run August 30. Battle of Antietam Md. September 16-17. Shepherdstown Ford September 19. Blackford's Ford September 19. Reconnoissance to Smithfield October 16-17. Battle of Fredericksburg Va. December 12-15. Expedition to Richard's and Ellis' Fords Rappahannock River December 30-31. Burnside's second Campaign "Mud March" January 20-24 1863. At Falmouth till April. Chancellorsville Campaign April 27-May 6. Battle of Chancellorsville May 1-5. Middleburg June 19. Uppervile June 21. Battle of Gettysburg Pa. July 1-3. Pursuit of Lee July 5-24. Duty on line of the Rappahannock till October. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Rappahannock Station November 7. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Duty at Bealeton Station till May 1864. Rapidan Campaign May 4-June 12. Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7 Laurel Hill May 8 Spottsylvania May 8-12 Spottsylvania C. H. May 12-21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23-26. Jericho Ford May 25. Line of the Pamunkey May 26-28. Totopotomoy May 28-31. Cold Harbor June 1-12. Bethesda Church June 1-3. Before Petersburg June 16-18. Siege of Petersburg till July 3. Left front July 3. Mustered out July 13 1864. Companies "L" and "M" transferred to 91st Pennsylvania. Mustered out August 15 1864. Veterans and Recruits transferred to 155th Pennsylvania. Regiment lost during service 17 Officers and 152 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 89 Enlisted men by disease. Total 258. Predecessor unit PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS. 33rd REGIMENT INFANTRY.

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Eyewitness 1861: Pittsburgh regiments aim for quality Civil War gear

    Harrisburg's Camp Curtin, set up by and named for Pennsylvania Gov. Andrew Curtin, did not meet the standards of Col. Samuel Black, commander of the 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, when the regiment shipped out from Pittsburgh in the summer of 1861.

    So Black "scoured the country around" the state capital and found "the most beautiful camp ground in the country" for his men, according to a report in the Aug. 14 edition of The Daily Pittsburgh Gazette and Commercial Journal.

    The men set up their tents and dug their latrines on farmland just east of Harrisburg belonging to Simon Cameron. Cameron was a Pennsylvania politician recently named secretary of war by Abraham Lincoln, and the soldiers named the site Camp Cameron in his honor.

    As was common during the Civil War, the report to the newspaper on the activities of the 62nd was submitted by a soldier in the unit, identified only by his initials: J.T.C

    "Our tents are of good material, afford ample protection against rain, and are situated just west of a fine woodland of stately forest trees," he reported. A nearby stream provided water for bathing and washing clothes. The camp was laid out with names familiar to soldiers from Pittsburgh and Allegheny City, now the North Side. They included East and West commons and Federal and Liberty streets.

    Their commander, Pittsburgh-born Samuel Black, had fought in the Mexican War and later became territorial governor of Nebraska. He was a no-nonsense officer. "No obscene language or swearing whatever is tolerated," J.T.C. wrote. "Discipline of a very strict character is enforced, and six or seven men are detailed every morning to clear away all rubbish, 'level the ground,' pull up roots &c."

    Cameron himself made a brief visit to the camp, "promising to send our uniforms, and equipments, &c, from Washington city directly."

    Conditions were much less promising during the early months of the war for another local regiment: the 9th Pennsylvania Reserve Corps. The unit, primarily Allegheny County volunteers, was assigned to Camp Tennally, northwest of Washington, D.C.

    The Pennsylvania Legislature had promised the men that they "were to be equipped in a superior manner," a soldier correspondent wrote in the Aug. 17 edition of the Gazette. He identified himself with the single initial "K."

    Instead "they were armed with old Harper's Ferry altered muskets, the general appearance of which would indicate that they were manufactured by some backwoods blacksmith and wagon maker," he wrote. "Not one bayonet out of every dozen can be fixed or unfixed in under fifteen minutes," he claimed. He wrote that the musket barrels were so thin that "after firing three or four rounds they become so hot, it is almost impossible to hold them ..."

    In an effort to cover up the defects in the outmoded weapons, the muskets had been given a fresh coat of paint.

    The inadequacies of their guns placed the men in danger from nearby Confederate forces. "I really wished a few days since, when on picket duty, almost in sight of the enemy, that Curtin himself occupied the position of the men in the ranks," K wrote. The Allegheny County men risked being "picked off at the distance of a thousand feet, when our beautiful, well painted muskets would not reach half that distance.

    "K" closed with a challenge to Pennsylvania legislators and the governor. "If Gov. Curtin wishes to redeem his character ... let him at once procure with the millions at his disposal, ten thousand stand of improved arms."

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