Brigadier General Edwin Page Davis

davis1Edwin Page Davis was born in Philadelphia on the 31 December 1837. He enlisted in the Army on the 4 June 1861. He was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in Co. G., 62d NYSV on the 30 June 1861. Edwin was promoted to Captain on the 1st October 1861 and transferred to Co. D on the 25 October 1861. Edwin was discharged from the 62d NY on the 18 October 1862 for promotion to Major in the newly formed 153rd NYSV (which mustered in and left for the seat of the war the same day 18 October 1862).

Very soon after joining the 153rd NY, their Colonel, McMartin succumbed to “accident and poor health” on arrival in Washington a few days later and Major Edwin Page Davis was promoted to the Colonelcy of the Regiment. Edwin Page Davis was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on October 19, 1864 for “gallant and meritorious services in the battles of Opequa, Fisher’s Hill, and Middletown, Va.”

Edwin Page Davis survived the War and died in New York, NY on the 22 October 1890. He is buried at Haddonfield Baptist Cemetery, Haddonfield, Camden County, New Jersey, Plot: Section 2, Range A, Lot 20.

Thoroughly Armed and Equipped ( July 1, 1861)

unioneagleEight companies belonging to this regiment have been mustered into United States Service; the other two will be mustered in to-day. The whole of the regiment will be thoroughly armed and equipped by Wednesday. The men are all quartered at Salterville N.J. and are rapidly becoming proficient in drill and soldierly bearing; they will start…some time during the next ten days. Col. J LAFAYETTE RIKER has been presented with a valuable and handsome horse.

New York Times, July 1, 1861.

Private Christopher Daly, Co. A.

unioneaglePrivate Christopher Daly’s parents immigrated from Ireland to New York sometime in the mid to late 1830s or 1840s. John Daly (b. 1815) was, according to various records, a common labourer and his wife , Mary (b. 1829)  took care of the household.  Their children included George (b. 1839), Edward (b.1841), Christopher (b. 1844), Peter (b. 1851) and Mary Ann (b. 1852).   Gaining precise information about this family was difficult due to the large number of “Dalys” found in various census and tax records which, in many cases, duplicated  occupations and spousal names.  He was described as being 5’8” tall with hazel eyes, light complexion and dark hair.

Military records, however, do show that Christopher Daly enlisted with the 62d at New York City on July 24, 1861 and was mustered into Co. A on August 15, 1861. There is evidence that his brothers also served in other New York  regiments; George in Co. D of the 5th New York Infantry, Edward in Co. K of the 158th New York Infantry, and Peter in Co. F, 170th New York Infantry.  He fought with the Regiment until July 2, 1863 where he was wounded at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  According to military records, he was wounded in three separate places; three inches to the left of the lumbar vertebra, left forearm and left hand.  He was discharged from military service for disability on March 19, 1864 from the General Hospital, Patterson Park, Baltimore, Maryland.

On April 30, 1877, Christopher married Mary Murray in Manhattan, New York. There are indications that they had three children, but details about the children and their names could not be verified. The 1870 U.S. Census revealed his occupation as a “Retailer” , while the 1875 New York Census showed  Christopher as a common labourer.

Records between 1877 to 1899 are spotty at best , with the last concrete fact is his death as reported on his military Pension Card which showed an invalid status request filed on March 27, 1868, and a widow’s pension request filed on  July 14, 1900.  No clear information could be found on Mary’s death.

Research article by Joe Basso

Song of the Regiment (1861)

Fort Sumter Bombardment

Fort Sumter under Rebel Bombardment

The men have the following popular song, written by a Miss Edda Middleton, and dedicated to Major Dayton. They sing it with a good deal of enthusiasm:


When Sumter, the shrine of the nation,

Was struck by black Treason’s command,

And our flag, from its world-renowned station,

Was dragged and defiled in the sand,

A shout that presaged desolation

To the homes of the traitorous crew

Shook the earth to its firmest foundation—

The shout for “the red, white and blue.”


Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Our flag shall yet wave over Sumter,

Placed there by the Anderson Zouaves.


And when our strong Temple was burned

And battered by Treason’s red hand,

Its flames to fierce lightning’s were turned,

Its smoke to black clouds o’er the land;

The storm iron hail stones was spouting,

As South on the north wind it flew;

And iron-mouthed thunders were shouting,

“All hail to the red, white and blue.”


(Chorus as above.)


Then Anderson, faithful for ever,

Called forward, to lead in the van,

Those who will dishonor him never,

His Zouaves, his invincible clan.

Then strike for home, country and glory—

For loved ones we always strike true:

His name lives forever in story

Who falls ‘neath “the red, white and blue.”


(Chorus as above.)


The cup—not the wine cup—bring hither,

Salt tears fill it up to the brim;

It is wreathed with no wreath that will wither—

The prayers of our loved ne’er grow dim.

Thus pledge we our Patron and Heaven,

As patriots, brave, pure and true:

To our country shall Sumter be given,

Or we fall ‘neath “the red, white and blue.”




Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Three cheers for the Anderson Zouaves!

Our flag shall yet wave over Sumter,

Placed there by the Anderson Zouaves.


Source: NY Military Museum – Civil War Newspaper Clippings

See also:

Pictire credit:

1,000 Hymn Books ( June 28, 1861)

unioneagleThe Young Men’s Christian Association and the Anderson Zouaves.

A delegation of the Young Men’s Christian Association visited the Anderson Zouaves at Saultersville and were present at the enthusiastic reception of Col. Riker on his return from Washington. They were very cordially received, and the promised donation of 1000 hymn books met a thankful acknowledgement. Remarks were made on the objects of the Association, and prayer was offered by one of their number.

New York Times, Friday, June 28, 1861, p.5.

Obituary of Albert Mazel ( July 29, 1891)

unioneagleAnderson Zouaves researcher, Mr John Tierney, contributed this newspaper obituary of 62nd New York veteran, Albert Mazel to ZOUAVE! magazine Issue No. 6, September 2007. Up until that point in time, little has been uncovered concerning Albert Mazel, beyond his scant personal data on the General Index Cards held at the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) website.

Obituary. Albert Mazel.

The Standard (Ogden, Utah)

Wednesday, July 29, 1891

Mr. Albert Mazel was born in Vienna, Austria, February 22, 1842, being 49 years, 5 months and 3 days old when he died. He came to this country December 23, 1864, during the great civil war, and immediately enlisted as a private soldier in the Sixty-second regiment New York Volunteers, Company F, March 22d, 1865, and served to the close of the war, at which time he received an honorable discharge. Most of his time was spent with General Sherman, and he was with him in his march to the sea. On account of a bullet wound in his knee a pension had been recently granted him, but he did not live long to enjoy it

April 20, 1885, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States, receiving his certificate at Chicago, Cook Co., Ills.

He was married to Miss Mary Angell February 12, 1867, or twenty-four years ago, at Chicago, and moved later to Elgin, Ills, then to Denver, Colo., and came to Utah September 1882. His parents belonged to the Catholic church, and he was baptized in that faith, but not accepting their doctrines he never clung to the church or united with any other.

Before his death he expressed a desire to have all his debts paid and all claims against him settled by his friends. He then asked for a New Testament, by this act manifesting a desire and some anxiety concerning his future welfare. Delirium soon followed and but little time was left for such preparation.

He had been ailing somewhat for several months, and was taken sick a week ago last Wednesday and died Saturday at 6.45 p. m. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his death. All the children born to him still survive. The family speak of him as being a true husband, a kind father and a good citizen.

The funeral took place from his home Monday [July 27, 1891] at 10 a.m., Rev. Geo. E. Jayne officiating.

It is interesting to speculate on The Standard’s obituary writer’s timeline for Albert’s arrival in the US and his service in the 62d NY, particularly the writer’s claim that Albert marched with Sherman to the sea –  Ed.

See also:

Adapted from: “Researcher Expands Knowledge of Co. F  Veteran,” in ZOUAVE! No. 6, September 2007, p.1.

Private William H. Caldwell, Co. H.


Born c. 1842, William Caldwell enlisted in the army as a Private on 6 June 1861. He mustered into the 62d  NYSV on 30 June 1861, serving in Co. H. Private Caldwell died of dysentery at White Oak Church, VA. on 13 March 1863.

Of note, is William Caldwell’s CDV (opposite) which clearly shows the early War line zouave uniform of the 62d NY Anderson Zouaves. All the companies of the regiment were thusly outfitted, except for Co I, which carried over the French zouave uniform into the 62d NY after leaving the ranks of the 55th NY.

763 Excellent Woolen Shirts ( June 26 – 29 1861)


J.J. Yates

Card of thanks

To the Editor of the New-York Times :

Sir-In behalf of Col. J Lafayette Riker (now in Washington) and the Robert Anderson Zouave Regiment, we respectfully beg leave to acknowledge, through the medium of your patriotic journal, the reception of 763 excellent woolen shirts, the donation of the Ladies’ Central Relief Committee, No. 1 Bond street, and the Union Defence Committee. To the generous ladies of the Relief Committee and those members of the Defence Committee who patriotically and humanely aided us in securing this very acceptable and timely contribution of shirts, so sorely needed by our brave volunteers, we tender our earnest thanks and grateful acknowledgments.

Very respectfully, &c.,

W.S. Tisdale.

Acting Lieutenant-Colonel Anderson Zouaves.

J. J. Yates, Quartermaster.

To the Editor of the New-York Times

You will confer an addtitional favor if you will allow me to correct one error which inadvertantly occured in the card of thanks published in your valuable journal of yesterday, concerning the shirts presented to the Anderson Zouaves. One hundred and eighty of them were a donation from the ladies of the All Souls Church, Dr BELLOWS, Pastor : and the remainder (585) from the Union Defence Relief Committee, No. 1 Bond-street. Mrs. J. F. WHIPPLE will please accept the thanks of the Regiment, for her valuable donation of sixty-five Havelocks.


Quartermaster Anderson Zouaves.

New York Times, Wednesday, June 26, 1861, Page 4. Saturday, June 29, 1861, p.5.

Private Richard Hohsfield (Horsfeld, Hohsfeld), Co. F.

unioneagleRichard Hohsfield served in Company F as a Private throughout the war. Alternative surnames are; Horsfeld (CWSS Record) and Hohsfeld. Richard was a German immigrant who was wounded at the Battle of Weldon Railroad in Petersburg, VA (1864) and returned to marry his fiance Theresa and have several children.

The family legend is that when he returned to Brooklyn, NY and showed up at Theresa’s home, she could not recognize him. She thought he was there to beg for food. It was only after showing her a birthmark on his back that she knew it was Richard. Much of this information has been provided by Richard HOHSFIELD’s great-great-grand-daughter Anna Maria Lavin.

Originally published in “ZOUAVE!” No. 1, March 2007, p.2.

Also see: