Corporal Albert S. Gove, Co. H.

unioneagleAlbert S. Gove enlisted as a Private in the 62d NYSV in New York. He was one of three, (possibly four) Easthampton men to enlist in the Anderson Zouaves. P.W. Lyman states that Salmon H. Lyman, Albert S. Gove and Richard Goodsell all enlisted in Co. H.

P.W. Lyman states is his book, History of Easthampton that Albert S. Gove enlisted for three years and served in “many, if not all” of the battles of the Army of the Potomac, without a wound. During his service he was engaged in detached service at General Wheaton’s HQ. He mustered out as a Corporal.

Reference: Lyman., P.W. (1866) History of Easthampton. Trumbull & Gere. Northhampton. pp. 111 – 131. Google Books.

A Gala Time ( July 17, 1861)

unioneagleThe Anderson Zouaves

 This regiment was transferred on Monday from Saltersville, N. J., to the barracks on Riker’s Island. The trip up and around the bay on the camp steamer, Major Anderson, was made the occasion of quite a gala time among the soldiers, who had a little field piece along and fired any number of salutes on the way. The regiment expect to be detained but a short time before departing to the seat of war. An exhibition drill of Captain La Fata’s magnificent company of French Zouaves—the advance guard of the regiment will be given shortly to raise funds in aid of the corps.

New York Times, Wednesday, July 17, 1861.

1st Sergeant George Thomas Sherman, Co. F.

George T Sherman 62d NY - Lutheran Cemetery, Queens NY

George Sherman’s gravestone, Lutheran Cemetery, Queens NY.

George Thomas Sherman was born in Greenwich Village, NY in 1842. He died in Queens NY (1899) and is buried in Lutheran All Faiths in Middle Village, Queens NY. George Thomas Sherman was a veteran of Co. F. He enlisted as a Private and mustered out of service with the rank of First Sergeant. George Thomas Sherman was wounded in the shoulder on the 3rd May 1863 at Marye’s Heights and according to his great-great-grandson, Bruce Dow, George was cared for by Walt Whitman

Extra information supplied by Paul Christensen (Great-grandson of Sgt. Sherman)

Photo credit: Paul Christensen (Great-grandson of Sgt. Sherman)

They Have Not Received a Cent ( July 13, 1861)

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 The men of this regiment are anxiously expecting their pay. Many of them enlisted with the understanding that the corps would be accepted, and that they would be in immediate receipt of something for their services. As it is, though the men have been in quarters for the last seven weeks, they have not received a cent. It is time that something should be done for this regiment, and the men should be properly clothed and equipped. Complaints are reaching us daily that the families of the men who have enlisted in this regiment are being neglected, and it behooves the Union Defence Committee, or those who are in power, to ameliorate the condition of the wives and families of those who are anxious and willing to defend our flag and constitution.

New York Times, Saturday, July 13, 1861

Private Edward Gannung, Co. A.

unioneagleIt is not unusual that someone who is researching an individual within the 62d  will discover duplications in their subject’s name, especially in their last name.  The person transcribing the data from the original handwritten document into a modern typed font, may have inadvertently misidentified individual letters within that name .  However, several different spellings were made in both the civilian and military documents of this veteran infantryman ;  Edward Ganung, Edmond Ganung, Edward Gannung, Edward Genung and Edmund Gannung. All military records, burial information, and pension accounts were double checked to confirm that, regardless of the spelling, they all served in Company A, 62d New York State Volunteer Infantry.  No other person with the above spellings were listed in the 62d’s roster.  For the purposes of this biography, we will be using the name used in his initial enlistment data: Edward Gannung

Edward Gannung was born on March 1st, 1840, in New Salem, New York. He enlisted, at the age of 21,  into the 62d on May 15, 1861 and was mustered into Co. A on July 3, 1861.  He was born to Nathan Delevan Gannung ( 1801-1877), a farmer, and Sally Field Gannung (1806-1849).  He came from a large family which included his siblings Starr Gannung (1843-1905), Eugenia Gannung (1845-?), Ann Augusta Gannung (1831-1856) and Field Gannung (1829-1899). Looking into the Family Tree section of Ancestry. com, the Gannung name dates back to the 17th century in New England, but for the purpose of tracing this individual Private’s  family, no attempt was made to gather any additional information before 1800.

Edward’s enlistment information states that he was 5’3” tall, with blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, and that his occupation was that of a filo cutter. An attempt to find the definition of a filo cutter in dictionaries and encyclopedias ranging from the 1840’s to today provide a wide range of possibilities, from being a sharpener of circular saw blades  to an individual who makes flakey Greek pastry.

Private Gannung served in all the major engagement of the 62d and re-enlisted  on January 1, 1864, thus earning the honored title of “veteran.”  He was wounded during the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5th, 1864 but no additional information of the nature of the injury could be found.  After recuperating from his wound, he returned to his regiment, and served until the discharge of the 62d at Fort Schuyler, New York Harbor, on August 30, 1865.  In 1871, Edward filed a request for a veteran’s pension under an invalid status, but it appears that he continued to work as a carpenter. The Federal Census records for 1880 show him as living at an undisclosed address on Park Avenue with his occupation being that of painter. The New York City Directory for 1886 shows him living at 432 West 100th Street, employed as a painter.

In 1887, Edward married Jessie (whose maiden name could not be clearly identified), who was 21 years his junior, in Brooklyn, New York. No records of any children could be found. There is a mention in family records of a first wife, Mary F., but outside of the name, no additional information on this possible relationship could be found. Federal Census records revealed that Jessie was born in Missouri, with her father being born in Kansas and her mother coming from France. The 1890 Veteran’s Schedule, (which lists Civil War veterans in each state, regardless of the state the veteran served under during the war) listed Edward as living in St. Joseph ,Missouri.  Edward and Jessie moved back to Brooklyn and by 1900 Edward became employed at the Brooklyn Navy yard as a painter earning $3.28 per week.

Edward continued to be employed as a painter until his death on August 31, 1912. Jessie filed for widow’s  status on September 10, 1912. The request for this pension and a military headstone was made under the name of Edmund Ganung.  However both requests confirmed that Edmund served with Co. A of the 62d New York Infantry. He was interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.   Jessie is thought to have died in Texas about 1928.

Article by Joe Basso

Enlisting Musicians ( July 12, 1861)

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Mr Matthew G. Griswold, principal Musician of the Anderson Zouaves, Col. Riker, will be at Norwich Monday and Tuesday, the 15th and 16th: at Oxford, on Wednesday the 17th, and at Greene, on Thursday, the 18th inst., for the purpose of enlisting musicians for the Anderson Zouave Regiment, which has already been sworn in for the war.

Utica Morning Herald, Friday, July 12, 1861, p.2.

Second Sergeant Thomas Flynn, Co. G.

Thomas Flynn enlisted in the Army, aged 19, on the 21 July, 1861. He mustered into Co. G., 62d NYSV as a Private, on 15 August, 1861. Thomas was promoted to Corporal on the 1 July, 1862 and was later promoted to Second Sergeant. Thomas re-enlisted for further service with the Regiment on the 1 January, 1864.

The two photos above show Thomas Flynn as a corporal (wearing what is probably a chasseur cap with the number “62” drawn on it), the latter as a sergeant, wearing what appears to be a fatigue cap of some sort.

References: Tierney, J. (2006). “Roster of the 62nd NYSV Anderson Zouaves”.

Celebration by the Anderson Zouaves ( July 6, 1861)

unioneagleAt Camp Lafayette the Anderson Zouaves manifested their patriotism in a spirited but perfectly decorous manner, the good cheer supplied by their liberal colonel being in no way abused by the noble fellows under his command. Mr. Isaac Isaacks (who is an honorary member of the staff) was especialIy active, and supplied a large brass field piece which was served by a squad of experienced artillerists, principally from Capt. La Fata’s company, advance guard.

The men at the gun sent their noisy compliments across Newark Bay to their opposite neighbors greeting them In a true Fourth of July fashion, and what with the booming of cannon across the water, the sound of the bugle, the beat of the drums, the shrill notes of the fife the miniature musketry of crackers and torpedoes, the flags flying and the frequent discharge of pistols and rifles, the camp of the Anderson Zouaves, presented the spectacle of a special Fourth of July on a small scale. In the evening, a national salute was fired from the high bank near the hotel, and a splendid display of fireworks was added to the Interesting  features of the occasion. Roman candles set pieces, and other pyrotechnical attractions  were supplied in profusion and a speech full of patriotic fervor and eloquence, from Col. Riker, and which was listened to by a large auditory of fair ladies and gallant Zouaves, the appropriate finale to a day in camp, which every one present will remember as one of the most pleasing occasions of his life.

New York Times, Saturday, July 6, 1861.