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62nd New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 26 View the Entire Book
|Sixty-second New York 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 Fredericksburg, 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 Opequan, 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.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2