Men of the Confederacy’s N.C. 62nd Infantry wept when they learned they were to surrender to Union Forces at Cumberland Gap without a fight in September 1863. They may have wept even more had they imagined what they would face as prisoners of war.

About 180 members of the 62nd escaped capture under Confederate Brig. Gen. John Frazer’s surrender that Sept. 9. But another 442 were among the 2,100 Confederate forces given over sent to Camp Douglas, Illinois, a Union prison camp.

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