Great Activity Prevails (June 4, 1861)

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Snedeker’s at the Union Race Course – Long Island

Anderson Zouaves.

Four companies belonging to this regiment are quartered at Snediker’s, Long Island, the remaining six companies are in barracks at the Newark Bay Hotel, N. J. Great activity prevails and the men are rapidly becoming efficient in drill. Mr A. V. Meekes, of the Seventh Regiment, has accepted a Captaincy in this corps: a number of his former comrades, unwilling to remain inactive, have placed themselves under his command. Col. Riker states that his men are all ready, and are anxiously awaiting marching orders.

New York Times, Tuesday, June 4, 1861, p.8.


Brevet Lt. Edward Browne (Brown) Jnr. – Medal of Honor


Post-war photo of Edward Browne Jnr.

Edward Browne (Brown) Jnr was born in Ireland in 1842. He enlisted in the army at New York on 5 August, 1861. He mustered into Co. G. 62d  NYSV as a Private on 15 August, 1861. He was promoted to Corporal on 15 February, 1862. Edward was wounded at Chancellorsville on 3 May 1863. It was for his valour in this action that he was awarded the “Congressional Medal of Honor” on 24 November, 1880.

“On the morning of May 3rd, General Hooker was at Chancellorsville and General Sedgwick, with the Sixth Corps, crossed to the right bank of the Rappahannock, about three miles below Fredericksburg, and took up his line of march toward that city. The advance, after considerable resistance on the part of the Confederates, entered the city just before daybreak and drove them out. My recollection is that the enemy found refuge behind a stone wall at the base of the heights back of the city. At daylight, six companies of the Sixty-second were thrown in advance to uncover the enemy if behind the wall. I was with the color-guard at the time.

We advanced in line of battle until we came within the rebel works, which formed a circle at the foot of the hill, and uncovered them. But we reached the spot through a murderous fire of small arms at point-blank range, opened upon our front and flanks, and it seemed like going to sure destruction. Our men were literally mowed down. Those of us who were not incapacitated, sought the cover of the city as soon as we could. The color-bearer was injured in the engagement, but my comrades and I brought him back with the colors.

Upon our return to the city, the remaining companies of the regiment were brought up and the regiment reformed. The colors were entrusted to me. About noon we were in line of battle for the charge, which carried the stone wall and the heights beyond. I was among the first upon the wall with the colors, and kept them flying until we reached the top of the heights and the enemy were routed.

In the afternoon we pressed forward, after having reformed our columns, to Salem Church or Heights, about four miles to the rear of Marye’s Heights, where, in a belt of woods, our advance became engaged with what we supposed to be the rear guard of the enemy. We afterwards learned that it was a part of Lee’s forces on their return from Chancellorsville. The Sixty-second Regiment was in the second line of battle, supporting a battery, with its right resting on the road from Fredericksburg. Generals Newton and Wheaton were close by, mounted.

Suddenly our boys came in hurried retreat from the woods, followed by the enemy in good form. I was at that time in front of the line waving the colors, when on turning to the right, I observed a line of the enemy emerging from a belt of woods in that direction, and called the colonel’s attention to it. At the same time I was wounded in the side. The colonel noticed that I had been hit, and suggested my retirement to the rear. But the boys were coming across the open field between the woods and our line, and I remained with the colors open so that they might know they had something to rally about, and to show the enemy that we were not in a panic. I remained at my post until the boys had crossed the open and were within our lines, and the enemy had been brought to a halt by our fire. Then the colonel, C. B. Hamilton, commanded me to give up the colors and get to the hospital.

I transferred the colors to a noble fellow, who afterwards fell under them; and after the enemy’s line was broken and they had retired to the woods whence they came, late in the afternoon, I went to the field hospital. On the following day I crossed t the left bank of the river, and from a safe position, in the stone house which served as a hospital, I saw the battle.

I returned to my regiment as soon as my wound was healed, and was with it in all engagements up to the fight before Washington in ’64. I was made sergeant, and a commission was offered me, but I declined the latter through lack of appreciation of its worth. I was brevetted second and first lieutenant and captain in the New York Volunteers.

“I remained with the Colors.”

Edward was promoted to Sergeant on 15 October, 1863. He mustered out at New York, NY on 22 September, 1864. Edward Browne Jr died at New York, NY on 5th November, 1911 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens County, NY.

Source: Beyer, W. F. & Keydel, O. F. (Ed). (1994). ‘Stuck to His Colors’, in “Deeds of Valor: How America’s Civil War Heroes Won the Congressional Medal of Honor”. Longmeadow Press, Stamford, pp. 162-163.



Post-War “Anderson Zouaves” Medal of Private Walter W. Hyde.

The “Andersons Zouaves” medal was a post-war medal presented to veterans of the Regiment. This medal of Private Walter W. Hyde’s is a very fine example.

Walter W. Hyde enlisted at age 20 on July 1, 1861 for three years. He mustered into Co. B as a private on August 19, 1861 and transferred to Co. E on September 1, 1861. He re-enlisted as a veteran on January 1, 1864.* He was captured in action in July, 1864 at Snicker’s Gap, VA and was paroled on February 22, 1865 at James River, VA. Walter W. Hyde mustered out on August 30, 1865 at Fort Schuyler, NY.

* This may be a transcription error in the original “Register” document, it would seem more likely to have been June 1, 1864 – Ed.

For Private Hyde’s other post-war medals and additional information, please see:

Able Bodied, Healthy Men (May 29, 1861)

unioneagleAnderson Zouaves. 

Twelve hundred men have joined this regiment. Each recruiting officer has made and affidavit to the effect that every name inscribed on his roll is legitimate. Col. Riker and Lieut.-Col. Tisdale pledge themselves, if called upon by the Union Defense Committee to furnish in less than 48 hours a sufficient number of able bodied, healthy men, to form a regiment. Col. Riker complains very much of the demoralizing effect it has upon the men by keeping them in the City ; and states that the only way to make good soldiers is to keep them away from local and home influences. If this is the case, the sooner quarters are provided for them the better.

New York Times, Wednesday May 29, 1861, p.8.

Private W. Harrison Tice. Co. C.

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W. Harrison Tice in his post-war G.A.R. uniform. Photo courtesy of Matt Tice.

William Harrison Tice was born in upstate NY  (near Ellenville) on 23 March 1843, he went by the name Harrison. He was the son of William Tice of Ellenville and one of thirteen children.

The Tice family came from Ellenville, Phillipsport and Montgomery areas of Sullivan County NY. They are descendants of a Palantine German immigrant, Jost Heinrich Theis, who came to America in 1735.

Harrison’s  two brothers also served in the Civil War, Alexander (20th NY Militia / 80th NYSV Co. D) and Elijah (156th NYSV Co. D). Alexander Tice was killed at Gettysburg on 1 July 1863 at McPherson Ridge and is buried in the New York section of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. His other brother, Elijah Tice served under Sherman and Sheridan.

His mustering out paper states he was drafted on 24 June 1864 for three years and assigned to Co. C., 62d NY Veteran Volunteers and mustered out in Fort Schulyer, New York Harbor on 30 August 1865.

Harrison married Anne Bowes (a Quaker) and had apple orchards after the war. He and Anne had two children, Ella (born August 1864) and Arthur (who has killed in a train accident in 1906).

Harrison died in Clintondale NY at age 87 in 1930. His obituary in the Ellenville Journal, dated December 18th 1930 reads;

“Harrison Tice, age 87, died Monday night at the home of his daughter Mrs. DeWitt W. Ostrander, at Clintondale. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the G.A.R. Post at Ellenville. Funeral on Friday at 2 PM at the home of his daughter. American legion in charge of the service…” 


View W. Harrison Tice’s discharge paper at:

Biographical information, photograph and mustering out paper courtesy of W. Harrison Tice’s great great grandson, Matt Tice (Maine, USA).

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W. Harrison Tice (seated) in later life, with his brother Elijah. Photo courtesy of Matt Tice.

A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ (May 27, 1861)

Dr Chapin in the Camp.

 Rev. Dr. Chapin preached in the large tent encampment of the Anderson Zouaves, situate in Union Square, yesterday morning. He spoke from the text “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, (2d epistle to Timothy, chap. II.v. 3). Our eloquent Universalist divine was listened to by a large and devoutly-impressed assemblage. He expatiated in warm and vigorous language on the duties, the trials and the hardships of a soldier’s occupation, and on the rewards and glories of a faithful soldier’s services ; and exhorted such of them as had devoted themselves to military life to fight the good fight manfully, being steadfast to the end.

New York Times, Monday, May 27, 1861, p.8.

The Costume is a Neat Affair of Blue (May 26, 1861)

unioneagleGrand Military Demonstration Inspection of ten regiments of New York Volunteers.

Anderson Zouaves.

 A very few of these men appeared in uniform at the inspection yesterday. It is anticipated however, that the whole of the men will be fully uniformed by Wednesday. The costume is a neat affair of blue, faced with yellow and has the great recommendation of cheapness; pants, jacket, vest and cap will not cost more than $10. 80 men were inspected yesterday by the Union Defence Committee, presenting a very fine appearance. Mrs Col. Anderson has taken great interest in the progress of this regiment, making the officers under many obligations to her, and also to the ladies of the New York Relief Union who have kindly supplied the regiment with shirts, drawers etc. The following are the staff officers, line officers have not yet been elected:

Col. J. Lafayette Riper, (sic) Lieut. Col. W. S. Fisdale, (sic) Maj. Oscar V Dayton, Adj. Prescott Tracy, Commissary Wilson Hubbell, Quarter-Master J. J. Yates.

 New York Times, Tuesday, Sunday 26 May, 1861, p.8.

Captain Luman Simeon Clark

Members of the 62d originally came from many areas of the Northeast United States, with New York being the most prominent. Enlistments came from all the boroughs of New York City, Albany, Troy, and Saltersville, New Jersey.  Most of the recruits from the Troy area were assigned to Company E and among these men was Luman Simeon Clark who enlisted as a Private into the 62d on April 26, 1861 and was mustered into Company E on July 30, 1861.  There must have been something about this new recruit as he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on October 25th, 1861 and advanced again to 1st Lieutenant on April 23rd, 1862. However, not everything was going well for Lieutenant Clark at this time.  A member Company E, Alfred Covell Woods wrote in his diary that another member of this company, Private Patrick Welsh, tried to kill the Lieutenant while the Regiment was stationed at Tennallytown, Maryland, one of the northernmost defenses for Washington City.  It was also had the distinction of being the site with the most desertions in the first year of the War. No further details could be found regarding this attack or its consequences.

“Sim” as he was called by his family and friends, was born on April 3, 1834 in Troy, New York to Livy Levi Clark  and Mary Adolina Deming. Both of his parents were born in Massachusetts but no specific information could be found regarding when they moved to New York.  According to the 1860 Federal Census the family was farming around the Troy area as his father advanced his employment skills to that of a master mason by his death in 1861. The same source has Sim employed as a “ broker” (defined as a seller of second-hand goods and/or a negotiator of contracts of purchases and sales).

There is some data indicating that Simeon Clark served in the New York State Militia, in the 77th Regiment, 57th  Brigade, 27th Division, as an Ensign in 1858, which may explain his speedy promotions at the beginning of the conflict.  Luman met Sophia (Sophie) Peck at about the same time he was serving with the militia and they were married on September 20, 1859 at Clifton Park, Saratoga, New York.   Sometime during the Battles for Williamsburg and Fair Oaks (Seven Pines) , Sophia gave birth to Anna Riker Clark,  named after the Colonel commanding the 62d, John Lafayette Riker.  Sadly, Anna died on April 11, 1863 at eleven months of age.

Official military records state that Lieutenant Clark was captured by the Confederates on May 18, 1863  and was later paroled. After his parole he was promoted to Captain on August 31, 1863. In March 1864, the Troy Daily Times reported the Captain Simeon Clark had been assigned to General Wheaton’s staff as the Commissary of Musters.  He would be discharged from the service on March 11, 1865.

After the “Great Rebellion”, Sim and his growing family moved around the Eastern half of the country.  The Federal Census of 1870 records his family living in Leavenworth, Kansas and his occupation was that as a “portable gas man.” The family at this time now included two children, Hattie Clark (b. 1866) and Addie Clark (b. 1869). By the Census of 1880, the family has moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where he is occupied as a “Turnkey” at the city jail.  Sophie Clark will pass on June 1st 1887 and was interred at the Clifton Park Baptist Cemetery.

By 1893, Sim has moved to Batesville, Arkansas and has found employment as a “gouger” which is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as a Internal Revenue Officer who inspects goods subject to duty. A collector of excise tax.  By 1900, the former Captain of the 62d was living with his brother-in-law, Dudley Jones and had been unemployed for nine months.  He would continue to live with Dudley until Sim’s death on March 28, 1907.  He was laid to rest next to his wife in the Clifton Park Baptist Cemetery.  However, there is one last page to turn until this story is closed.  The Clark’s grave site remained on file until the Cemetery decided to upgrade their catalog to a computer format.  It was at that time that they discovered that their graves could not be found.

Research article by Joe Basso

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For another perspective on Captain Luman Simeon Clark, please see:

The Anderson Zouaves Regiment (May 3, 1861)


Named in honor and organizing under the auspices of MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON, The gallant defender of his country’s flag and honor. The Anderson Zouaves Regiment, now in the process of organization, will be composed of good, able-bodied men, and all such are cordially invited to enroll their names at headquarters, Union Square; at Palace Gardens or at Landeman’s Hamilton Park.

To all Union Men

The Committee would respectfully request such as desire to aid the officers and others who are engaged in the arduous and expensive task of recruiting and organizing this Regiment, to send their subscriptions to either of the following gentlemen ; Major Robert Anderson, Brevoort House 5th-av. ; A. V. Stout, esq. , President of the Shoe and Leather Bank ; Shepherd Knapp, esq., President of the Mechanics’ Bank ; the Hon. F. A. Tallmadge, No. 23 Chambers-st. ; Ambrose K. Ely, esq., No 108 Gold-st. ; the Hon. John R. Briggs, No. 20 Exchange-place.

New-York Tribune, Friday, May 3, 1861, p.1.