Private Solomon Berliner, Co. K.

unioneagleSolomon Berliner mustered in as a Private and mustered out as a Private.

His “Obituary Notes” in The New York Times (Thursday 19 September 1918, p. 13) reads;

SOLOMON BERLINER, a veteran of the civil war and at one time connected with the police force in the Phillipines, died on Tuesday. During the war he was a member of the Anderson Zouaves of the 62d New York Volunteers.

He is buried at Cypress Hill National Cemetery in Brooklyn NY, plot no. 7814.

A Complete Outfit of Under-Clothing ( June 26, 1861)

unioneagleAnderson Zouaves.

This regiment, having been accepted by the United States Government, will be put upon a war footing as soon as possible. The Ladies’ Central Relief Committee are furnishing a complete outfit of under-clothing for this favorite regiment, consisting of 2,000 cotton shirts, 1,000 woolen shirts, 1,000 pairs of drawers, 1,000 Havelocks, 1,000 pairs of socks, &c., &c. The ladies of the “Relief Union,” Church of the Puritans, have also been steadily at work furnishing such articles of wearing apparel as the men most needed. Col. J. Lafayette Riker, and Acting Lieut. Col. W. S. Tisdale, have been unremitting in their efforts in bringing this Regiment to its present standard. These gentlemen have expended in so doing some $7,000, while the Union Defence Committee, whose special mission was to provide for volunteer regiments, have advanced only $1,500 towards the expenses, which amount now to about $500 a day.

The New York Times, Wednesday, June 26, 1861, p.5

But Still of Martial Spirit (May 31, 1911)

unioneagleCheers of 200,000 for Marching Army

20,000 Parade Up Riverside Drive in Martial Array, with Battle Flags a-Flutter.

Veterans Out in Force

Thinning Ranks March and Salute, Undaunted by the Passing of Half a Century. 

Under a sky that could not have breathed more kindly benediction, the memories of the Civil War passed up riverside Drive yesterday morning in a great Memorial Day parade past the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. There Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Sickles, himself a memory of that war, a sturdy one still, reviewed them with a proud eye that surveyed Gettysburg and many another field, yet had never seen a finer sight than this of the thinned ranks of his old comrades, still warring bravely with the time. …

Perhaps the most applause, however, fell to the lot of the Zouave posts that followed in the second division of the parade — the Veteran Zouave Association under  Col. Frederick L. Schaefer, in their picturesque garb of faded blue bloomers or ante-bellum harem-skirts, and red fezzes, and the Second Duryee Zouaves, in their equally faded red bloomers and blue coats. The Anderson Zouaves followed under Capt. Charles E. Morse, halting of step but still of martial spirit. they looked as if they had just that moment come out of a terrible raking fire, and looked the more terrible because they were so feeble and few.

New-York Times, May 31, 1911,  p.15.

The Cause So Dear ( June 21, 1861)

unioneagleAnderson Zouaves.

 Capt. Hubbell, of Company B, desires to aknowledge the receipt of a supply of havelocks, shirts and drawers from the ladies of St. Ann’s Church, West Eighteenth-street, and to express his gratitude and that of his company for the above favors, assuring these patriotic ladies that the kindness they dispense with so liberal a hand will inspire deeds of heroism in the cause so dear to every woman in the land.

Capt. Wm N. Hathaway, Company C. has opened a recruiting office at Hibernian Hall No. 42 Prince-street, for two days only ; applications should, therefore, be made at once.

New York Times, Friday June 21, 1861, p.8.

Captain William Ackerman. Co. A and Co. F.


William Ackerman was born in Germany about 1832 and came to New York City around 1850.

In 1855 William married Mary Jane Fallon, daughter of James Fallon and Catherine Dougherty and the couple had 5 children before William enlisted in 1861. When William was discharged in 1864 he returned to NY to father 7 more children with Mary.

William enlisted as a Private on 27th April 1861 at the age of 28. He was mustered into Company F on 3 July 1861. William was promoted to Lieutenant 1st Class in Company K on 24th September 1861, effective 25 October 1861. William was promoted to Full Captain of Company A on 22nd May 1862 effective 30 May 1862. He was wounded on 1st June 1862 at Fair Oaks, VA. He was again wounded on 4th May 1863 at Fredericksburg, VA. Mustered out on 29 June 1864 in Petersburg, VA.

Wounded twice during the war, William Ackerman was one of the first to enlist in the 62nd. He appears to have served Company A as its captain for most of the war. William was a carpenter by trade and practiced the trade throughout his life. William died 3 April 1899 in New York City. He was buried 9 April 1899 at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens, NY.

Additional biographical information supplied by William Ackerman’s great-great grandson, Frank McCullough of California.

Additional biographical information supplied by William Ackerman’s great-great grandson, Frank McCullough of California.                                     

  Additional biographical information supplied by William Ackerman’s great-great grandson, Frank McCullough of California.                                                             

Major William Milligan (April 30, 1934)

unioneagleCivil War Veteran Served in 62d New York Regiment. 

FARIBAULT, Minn, April 29 UP). Major William Milligan, said by friends to be the only survivor of the historic Sixty-second New York Regiment, died at the home of his son, William, here yesterday. His age was 93.

Major Milligan came to Faribault in 1865 and was for more than sixty years employed by the family of the late Bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, Episcopal churchman, as care-taker of their property.

Born in New York on April 3, 1841, Major Milligan resided there until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the New York regiment.

Since the formation of the G. A. R. Major Milligan had attended every national encampment. He was commander for the last two years of the Minnesota unit of the Loyal Legion, composed of Civil War officers.

New-York Times, April 30, 1934,  p.15.

Last of the Old 62d New York Dies in Faribault, Minn. 

Faribault, Minn., April 29—(AP)—Maj. William Milligan, 93 years old, only survivor of 1,300 in the historic 62d New York regiment and one of the few remaining members of the Loyal Legion in Minnesota, composed of civil war officers, died at the home of his son, William.

Chicago Daily Tribune, April 30, 1934,  p.22.

James Walker ( July 25, 1934)

unioneagleWell-Known Mineral Collector Was Civil War Veteran. 

James Walker, Civil War veteran and a well-known collector of minerals, died in a Brooklyn hospital, on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 91 years of age and had resided at 731 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn.

A native of Ireland. Mr. Walker came to this country when a child and served in the war with the Anderson Zouaves, in the Sixty-second New York Volunteers; He was one of the few surviving members of Grant Post, 321, G. A. R. After the war he became connected with the experimental department of the Seth Thomas Clock Company, remaining with that concern for fifty-two years. He had collected a large and valuable horological library which he later presented to the company.

Mr. Walker was a former treasurer of the New York Microscopical Society and a member of the Brooklyn Mineralogical Club. About three years ago he donated his mineraligal collection to the Mineralogy Division of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

New York Times (?) July 25, 1934.

(Editor’s note: Research needed to verify source)

Revolvers and Knives Were Finally Drawn ( June 18, 1861)

 unioneagleNew Jersey

Disturbances Amongst Soldiers. — On Sunday forenoon, a difficulty arose between the members of Company A and Company C, Anderson’s Zouaves, quartered at the Newark Bay House, which terminated in a general fight. Revolvers and knives were finally drawn, and a serious termination seemed inevitable; but by the prompt and energetic interference of the officers, the disturbance was quelled without any person having been seriously injured.

New York Times, Wednesday, June 18, 1861, p.8

Sergeant Charles E. Morse – Medal of Honor


Charles E. Morse in his post-war G.A.R. uniform

Charles E. Morse was born in France and entered service at New York, enlisting as a Private. He served in Co. I throughout the war. He won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valour at the Wilderness, Virginia on the 5 May, 1864.The citation for this award reads:

“Voluntarily rushed back into the enemy’s lines, took the colors from the color sergeant, who was mortally wounded, and, although himself wounded, carried them through the fight.”

The medal was issued to him on January 14, 1890.