William P. Allcott was enlisted on June 2, 1861 in New York, NY as a Private at the age of 23. He was mustered into Company ‘D’ of the Anderson Zouaves on June 30, 1861. In September of the same year, Allcot was promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant and in November of 1862, he was promoted to Sergeant. Many of the men who made up the Anderson Zouaves served as volunteer firemen before enlisting; Allcott himself served as an assistant foreman of Engine Company No. 15. Allcott was wounded in 1863 at Fredericksburg, VA and in 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. He was then discharged due to wounds on December 19, 1864 from the Carver Hospital in Washington, DC.
On February 7th, 1862, this watch was presented to Allcot by Company ‘D’ Sergeant John T.Cumming, Anderson Zouaves, 62d NYSV.
Engraved “Presented to / William P. Allcott / by Co. D / Anderson Zouaves / 62nd Regt N.Y.S.V.” Watch presented Feb. 7, 1862. 18 size, Wm. Ellery grade, Model 1857, full plate, 7 jewels, plain steel balance, key wind and set, finished May 1861. Unmarked Roman dial (probably replacement), silver hunting case marked Am. Watch Co, Waltham, Mass., ser. #28.’ National Watch & Clock Museum Collection, 2007.