The 62nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Company M

Col. Jacob B. Sweitzer 

62nd  Pennsylvania Infantry

62nd PVI “Blair Guards”

 

62nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers Company M “Blair Guards” were recruited in Blair County.  They mustered in August 9, 1861.  They were one of two companies that were added to the 62nd a month after the original ten company regiment was formed.  After original 10 companies 3 year terms ended, soldiers of Company Land M still had another month to complete terms of service.  On July 3, 1864, transferred to 91st PA Volunteers into Company K.  Mustered out August 15, 1864 while participating in Garrisoning of Forts.

 

Officers, Commissioned and Noncommissioned: 2 Captains, 2 First Lieutenants, 1 Quartermaster, 1 Second Lieutenant, 2 First Sergeants, 5 Sergeants, 13 Corporals

Musicians: 3

Privates: 93

 

62nd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers Company M “Blair Guards” served in the Army of Potomac throughout its 3 years of existence.  Originally assigned to Second Brigade of Porter’s Division of 3rd Army Corps.  In the reorganization of the Army after siege of Yorktown (where the 62nd first encounters Rebs) 62nd assigned to the Second Brigade of the First Division of the Fifth Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac.  Companion regiments in the Brigade include 14th NY, 9th Mass, 32nd Massachusetts, and 4th Michigan.

 

Corps Badge: Fifth Corp = Maltese Cross

The First Division of every Corps was Red, so the insignia of each regiment in the First Division of the Fifth Corps was a Red Maltase Cross.

Campaigns and Battles (of note)

Defense of Washington ~ September 1861 – March 1862. Defense of Washington DC till October 1861 and near Falls Church, VA till March 1862.

Reconnaissance of Manassas ~ March 10-12, 1862

Peninsular Campaign

Reconnaissance at Big Bethel ~ March 27, 1862

Howards Mill ~ April 4, 1862

Reconnaissance to Warwick Road ~ April 5, 1862

Siege of Yorktown ~ April 5 – May 4, 1862 (First 62nd Soldier killed)

Hanover Courthouse ~ May 27, 1862  (First major battle)

Mechanicsville (Beaver Dam Creek) ~ June 26, 1862

Gains Mill ~ June 27, 1862 (Suffered more casualties here = Innocence Lost)

Malvern Hill ~ July 1-2, 1862 (their Finest Hour)

Campaigns in Northern VA and Maryland

Second Bull Run ~ August 29-30, 1862

Antietam ~ September 17, 1862

Engagement at Shepardstown Ford ~ September 19,1862

Butler’s Ford ~ September, 19-20, 1862

Campaign on the Rapashennick

Fredericksburg ~ December 13-16,1862 (horrific – 32 hours pinned down in open field)

Mud March ~ January 20-24, 1863

Chancellorsville ~ April 30 - May 3, 1863  (Started Battle)

Gettysburg Campaign

Engagement at Kelly’s Ford ~ June 11, 1863

Engagements at Middleburg and Upperville ~ June 19-22, 1863

Gettysburg ~ July 2, 1863 (Lost more soldiers here.  Surrounded in Wheatfield,

hand-to-hand fight, fought their way to safety)

Pursuit of Lee ~ July 5-24, 1863

Bristoe and Mine Run Campaigns

Bristoe Station ~ October 4, 1863

Engagement at Rapashennick Station ~ November 7, 1963

Mine Run ~ November 27, 1863

Duty at Bealeton Station ~ until May 1864

Overland Campaign

Wilderness  ~  May 5-8, 1864

Spotsylvania Court House ~ May 8-15, 1864

Battle on North Anna River ~ May 23-25, 1864

Engagement At Ramunkey Creek and Topotomy Creek ~ May 28-30, 1864

Cold Harbor ~ June 3, 1864

Richmond – Petersburg Campaign

Jerusalem Plank Road ~ June 18-22, 1864 (Last Engagement)

Petersburg ~ June 22-July 3, 1864 (Picket Duty.  July 2nd the Term of service ended – Colonel Sweitzer stepped down.  July 3rd Regiment left front and headed to Pittsburgh.  Arrived July 13, 1864 and Mustered out.)

 

Casualties

Among the 1600 volunteers who served in the 62nd:

       241 Killed

       503 Wounded

       158 Captured or MIA

       = 902 Casualties  (56% of Regiment)

Pvt. Abashe Cowen

Company L

62nd Pennsylvania Infantry

62nd P.V.I. Monument 

located on De Trobriand Ave. Gettysburg, Pa.

 

Brigade flag of the 2d Brigade 1st Division of the 5th Corps of which the 62nd was part of.  Bullet holes are from the Wheat field at Battle of Gettysburg