|Rev. John Valentine Reece
In the Civil War
When he was still only 17, on June 29, 1861, John Valentine Reece joined the Confederate
Army, first enlisting with the 25th Regiment of North Carolina, Company F as a musician. One
record I found had him listed as J. N. (instead of J.V). But it is definitely the right guy!
This excerpt was taken from a website document: NC 25th Regiment Infantry Soldiers:
Pay Vouchers/Muster Rolls from
25th Regiment/Company F
|Clicking on the image above will
give you the entire listing of
Company F of the 25th Regiment.
Click on thumbnails to see larger image.
From North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster. VII. Infantry, found in the North Carolina Archives.
John was discharged from the 25th Regiment on September 10, 1862. One record (below) says it was by
special order No. 384 said that John V. Reece was discharged at Camp Clingman (a Confederate training
camp) near Ashville, NC for disability caused by an old cut on his foot.
Background on the 25th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry:
On June 29, 1861, Company F, 25th North Carolina Infantry enlisted in Haywood County and became
known as the Haywood Highlanders. The 25th Infantry Regiment, also known formerly the 15th Volunteers,
was assembled at Camp Patton, Asheville, North Carolina, on August 15, 1861. The following counties
furnished companies for the regiment: Henderson, Jackson, Haywood, Cherokee, Transylvania, Clay,
Macon, and Buncombe. It moved to Grahamville, South Carolina and remained there until March, 1862. The
unit then moved back to North Carolina and arrived in Virginia on June 24. Serving in R. Ransom's and
M.W. Ranson's Brigade, it fought with the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Fredericksburg, served in
Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. It reported 128 casualties during
the Seven Days' Battles, 15 in the Maryland Campaign, 88 at Fredericksburg, and 103 at Plymouth. Many
were disabled at Sayler's Creek, and on April 9, 1865, only 8 officers and 69 were present when this
regiment surrendered at Appomattox Court House by General Robert E. Lee. The field officers were
Colonels Thomas L. Clingman and Henry M. Rutledge; Lieutenant Colonels S.C. Bryson, St. Clair Dearing,
and Matthew N. Love; and Majors John W. Francis, William S. Grady, and William Y. Morgan.
About some of the others in the 25th:
Amos M. Reece – died December 15,
1861 in Grahamville, SC or
pneumonia, buried at Inmans Chapel
Cemetery, Haywood County NC
Isaac N. Reece – dies July 1, 1862 of
wounds received at Malvern Hill, VA
William L. Reece – died February 18,
1864 of wounds received, he was
executed for shooting G. Chambers.
(There’s a story here! Just a hint in this
Discharge records from 25th Regiment, Company F. Click on thumbnails to see larger image.
On July 19, 1862, he again served, enlisting for a period of “3 years or the war”. This time he was a
Corporal in Company I of the 62nd Regiment North Carolina Troops, CSA (State Troops) in Captain
William J. Wilson’s company.
This excerpt was taken from a website document: NC 62ndth Regiment Infantry Soldiers:
Note: This (Rev.) John Valentine
Reece is sometimes confused with
Daniel’s son, who would be his cousin.
That JV joined the 64th Virginia CSA,
Pay Vouchers and Company Muster Rolls from 62nd North Carolina Infantry, Company I
It appears he earned a promotion to 1st Corporal on Sept 23, 1862, in place of JF Hartgrove. (His
name on civilwarindex.com was John V. Riece) as shown on this Company Muster Roll:
Company Muster Rolls from 62nd NC Infantry (State Troops)
From North Carolina Troops 1861-1865 A Roster. XV. Infantry, found in the North Carolina Archives
|Clicking on the image will give you
the entire listing of Company I of
the 62nd NC Regiment.
Background on the 62nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry:
62nd Infantry Regiment was formed at Waynesville, North Carolina, in July, 1862. Its members were raised in the
counties of Haywood, Clay, Macon, Rutherford, Henderson, and Transylvania. The unit served in North Carolina, then in
July, 1863, was assigned to General Gracie's Brigade and stationed at Cumberland Gap. Here many were surrendered
in September, but a number escaped from being captured. They returned to the Asheville area and in April, 1864 had
178 men present. The records show 443 men of the 62nd were prisoners at Camp Douglas. It continued the fight under
Generals Breckinridge, Vaughn, and Williams in East Tennessee, then became a part of Colonel J.B. Palmer's
command at Asheville in March, 1865. Later it disbanded near the French Broad River. The field officers were Colonels
George W. Clayton and Robert G.A. Love, and Lieutenant Colonel Byron G. McDowell.
http://thomaslegioncherokee.tripod.com/ is a great link with tons of background. The movie Cold Mountain was about
one of these men who served in both the 25th and 62nd along with John V Reece.
On to the next part of this tale.
Prisoner of War…
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Read how I found out where his actual
drum is and got some lovely photos -
HERE. More photos appear on the
Reece Heirlooms page.