Thomas' Legion [also called Thomas' Legion of Indians and Highlanders or 69th
Regiment] was organized at Knoxville, Tennessee, during September, 1862, by Colonel W.H.
Thomas. Its members were recruited in the counties of Haywood, Jackson, and Cherokee and
when formed totalled 1,125 men. The unit contained an infantry regiment and a cavalry battalion
(four companies) and for the most part served as one command. It skirmished in East Tennessee
and during May, 1864, moved to Virginia. Here it participated in Early's Shenandoah Valley
operations, then returned to North Carolina. It was active at Soco Gap and Mill Creek and surrendered at
Waynesville on May 10, 1865. The infantry regiment was commanded by Colonel William H.
Thomas, Lieutenant Colonel James R. Love, and Major William N. Springfield. Its cavalry
battalion was under the command of Lieutenant Colonels James A. McKamy and William C.