58th Infantry Regiment was organized in Mitchell County, North Carolina, in July, 1862.
Its twelve companies were recruited in the counties of Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga, Caldwell,
McDowell, and Ashe. In September it moved to Cumberland Gap and spent the winter of 1862-1863 at Big Creek Gap, near Jacksboro, Tennessee. During the war it was assigned to Kelly's,
Reynolds', Brown's and Reynolds' Consolidated, and Palmer's Brigade. The 58th participated in
the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Atlanta, guarded prisoners at
Columbia, Tennessee, during Hood's operations, then moved to South Carolina and skirmished
along the Edisto River. Later it returned to North Carolina and saw action at Bentonville. It lost 46 killed and 114
wounded at Chickamauga, totalled 327 men and 186 arms in December, 1863, and took about
300 effectives to Bentonville. The unit was included in the surrender on April 26, 1865. Its
commanders were Colonel John B. Palmer; Lieutenant Colonels Thomas J. Dula, John C. Keener,
Edmund Kirby, William W. Proffitt, and Samuel M. Silver; and Major Alfred T. Stewart.