62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

The 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry was organized at Camp Dubois, Anna, Illinois on April 10, 1862. The regiment moved to Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation on July 28, 1865.  They were on duty there until March, 1866 and mustered out on March 6, 1866[1].

For more information on the history of the 62nd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, see the following:

Wikipedia, (accessed 30 Dec 2010) article on the 62nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

The Civil War Archive. (accessed 30 Dec 2010) Brief history of the 62nd Regiment Infantry.

Companies in this Regiment with County of Origin[edit | edit source]

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

The following counties of origin are taken from the Adjutant General's Report, found on the Illinois Civil War Rosters web site. Roster pages are from the same report found on the Internet Archives web site. The rosters show the men who served in each regiment, their residences, dates of enlistment and mustering out, and other remarks.

Company A - many men from Lawrence County - Lawrence County web site - Roster, vol. 4 pages 245-247.

Company B - many men from Washington CountyWashington County web siteRoster, vol. 4 pages 247-250.
Company C - many men from Clark and Coles counties - Clark and Coles county web sites - Roster, vol. 4 pages 250-253.

Company D - many men from White County - White County web site - Roster, vol. 4 pages 253-256.

Company E - many men from Fayette and Coles counties - Fayette and Coles county web sites - Roster, vol. 4 pages 256-259.

Company F - many men from Crawford County - Crawford County web site - Roster, vol. 4 pages 259-262.

Company G - many men from Effingham County - Effingham County web site - Roster, vol. 4 pages 262-265.

Company H - men from assorted counties - Roster, vol. 4 pages 265-267.

Company I - many men from Schuyler County - Schuyler County web site - Roster, vol. 4 pages 267-270.

Company K - many men from Edgar and Coles counties - Edgar and Coles county web sites - Roster, vol. 4 pages 270-273.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors database lists 2,568 men on its roster for this unit. Roster.

Other Sources[edit | edit source]


  • Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in ‘Illinois in the Civil War’ and ‘United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865’ (see below).
  • National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
  • Illinois in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Illinois, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • United States Civil War, 1861-1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
  • Illinois State Archives - Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database (accessed 14 June 2011). Search by residence, unit, regiment, company or soldier.
  • The ILGenWeb Civil War Scrapbook, (accessed 9 Aug 2011) contains links to various documents such as personal letters, military papers, articles, histories, obituaries, biographies, etc. Documents are listed by regiment, then by the soldier and his company.


  • Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois. Illinois Military Units in the Civil War. (Springfield, [Ill.]:Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, c1962). FHL Collection. FHL US/CAN Book 977.3 M2im and FHL US/CAN Film 6334558. Other libraries with this book.  Includes military units by county, infantry, cavalry, and artillery regiments, including independent artillery.
  • United States. War Department. Record and Pension Office. Compiled Records Showing Service of Military Units in Volunteer Union Organizations. (Washington, District of Columbia : The National Archives, c1964). FHL Collection 54th-58th Infantry FHL US/CAN Film 148877. Other libraries with this microfilm. View online at Internet Archives.
  • Vance, Joseph W and Illinois. Adjutant General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois, 1861-1866. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957, 1980). FHL Collection FHL US/CAN Film 1670784. Other libraries with this book. View online at Internet Archives. Rosters of officers, enlisted men, and historical memorandum of the regiments.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (accessed 4 January 2011).