The Farmers Are Very Kind (October 23, 1861)

acwoodscoeWednesday 23rd (October, 1861) 

Our company are on picket duty. I am about 7 miles from camp and having a good time. The farmers are very kind and have brought us some cabbage and potatoes for dinner and supper. Report is that Genl. Banks is surrounded.

Tierney, J. (2007). 1861 Civil War Diary of Private Alfred Covell Woods.


Corporal Thomas Carberry. Co. F & Co. G.

unioneagleThomas CARBERRY enlisted as a Corporal on 4th May 1861 at the age of 23. He enlisted in Company F on 3rd July 1861 and seemingly transferred the same day from Company F to Company G! Thomas was demoted the next day to Private. He was wounded on 5th May 1864 at The Wilderness, VA. He was mustered out of Company F on 19th June 1864 at Petersburg, VA.

Note: Thomas CARBERRY seems to have been transferred back to Company F sometime between 4 July 1861 and 19 June 1864.

Uniform and Arms of the Anderson’s Zouaves, N.Y.S.V. (August 22, 1861)


Pvt. William H. Caldwell, Co. H., 62d NYSV

The Anderson’s Zouaves, N.Y.S.V., under the command of Colonel John Lafayette Riker, left camp Astor, Riker’s Island, for Washington. The uniform of the Zouaves is dark blue loose jackets, and light blue baggy trowsers. For head covering, a part of the men have the red fez, with blue tassle, and the other dark blue caps. Their arms are the old, smooth-bore muskets, with shank bayonets, and percussion locks altered from flint locks – N.Y. Tribune, 22 August 1861

Moore, F. (1862). The Rebellion Record

Source: Google Books


Corporal William Blitz, Co. F & Co. H.

unioneagleWilliam BLITZ enlisted as a Private on 30 June 1861 at the age of 21 in Company F. He was transferred on 3rd July 1861 from Company F to Company H. William deserted the regiment on 7th October 1861 at Tennallytown, MD.


A Rebel Spie Was Taken (October 21, 1861)

acwoodscoe(From the Diary of A.C. Woods – Ed.)

Monday 21st 

Our company were on guard duty today. A rebel spie was taken today and put under arrest and taken to Washington by two of our boys. It is pretty cold and it is going to rain tonight. There is a big fight going on across the river we have had marching orders.

Tierney, J. (2007). 1861 Civil War Diary of Private Alfred Covell Woods.


Corporal Jacob Berch (Baach, Bach), Co. F.

unioneagleJacob Berch enlisted as a Private on 27th June 1861 at the age of 22. He enlisted in Company F on 3rd July 1861. Jacob was wounded on 3rd May 1863 at Fredericksburg, VA. He mustered out as Full Corporal on 29 June 1864 at Fort Schuyler, NY Harbour. Alternate names; Jacob Baach, Jacob Bach.


I Began to Feel the Duties of a Soldier (October 13, 1861)



[Special Correspondence of the Sunday Mercury.]


(Camp Holt, Washington.}

October 8th, 1861.

To the Editors of the Sunday Mercury.

Having a little time to spare, I thought that I would give your readers some idea of our camp life.

This regiment, at the present time, numbers nearly the full standard, and its officers, no doubt, rank second to none, although I must say, that there was some little difficulty and delay in the War Department in recognizing us, but we have at last arrived at the seat of war as efficient a body of men as there is in the three year service.

With such men as Colonel Riker and Lieut. Colonel Tisdale,* and Major Dayton, at our head there is no doubt but we will prove ourselves very troublesome to the enemy. As for the Adjutant Scullen, too much cannot be said, for he is a gentleman and a soldier in every respect.

It is true that we have met with a great many accidents in our organization, but our friends and the public have every confidence that we will do our duty. We are at the present in Peck’s Brigade, which, in part, is composed of the Anderson Zouaves, Fifty-fifth New York State Volunteers, Sixth New Jersey Volunteers, and the Thirteenth Pennsylvania State Volunteers, all healthy and hardy young men, ready at the commander’s call.

Last week we were reviewed by the president, and he has every confidence in us.

Yesterday we were reviewed by Prince De Joinville and Gen. Peck and Staff.

We were encamped on Riker’s Island for some six or seven weeks, which place we started from on the 21st of August, at 9 o’clock p. m., on the steamer Kill Von Kull, thence to Elizabethport, where we took the cars for Baltimore, where we arrived on the 22d at 9 a. m. We marched through the principal streets to the upper depot, cheered along the way by the old and the young. We took the cars for Washington at 1 o’clock the same day, and arrived there on the 23d, at 11 p. m., where we took our suppers and retired (on the top of a hill ) for the night. When we arose in the morning I began to feel the duties of a soldier.  We had our breakfast and the boys took to rambling  through the city and the Capitol – the latter place they seemed to admire very much – and about 1 o’clock the line formed on B street, and we took up our line of march for Meridian Hill, better known as Camp Cameron, where we arrived about 5 o’clock p. m., when we were reviewed by Secretary Seward. At 6 o’clock we pitched our tents and retired for the night. We were encamped there for five weeks, which the boys enjoyed until they got paid ; some of them, tired of camp life, rambled toward the city for a few hours leisure, where, I must say, they behaved themselves very well, the provost guard were very vigilant in arresting every one in uniform that did not have a pass.

On the 10th of September we got our orders to strike tents and march for our present encampment which is on the outskirts of Washington, in a small village called Kalorama. It is very healthy and pleasant, although the nights are cool.

As regards our rations, we can’t complain, considering the present state of affairs. The reveille beats at 5 o’clock a. m., battalion drill at 10 o’clock a. m. and 3 o’clock p. m., dress parade at sunset, tattoo at 9½, and taps at 10 o’clock.

We are at present ready to march at a moment’s notice and the boys are anxious to try themselves.

Fifth Ward, M. C.

* This officer has since resigned

Letter to the Sunday Mercury, October 13, 1861.

Researched by John Tierney


Private Theodore Benson, Co. F.

unioneagleTheodore Benson enlisted as a Corporal on 8th June 1861 at the age of 39. He enlisted in Company F on 3rd July 1861. Theodore was demoted to Private on 1 October 1861. He died of disease on 27th June 1862 at Washington, DC.


62d NYSV – Company F Roster


General index card from the CWSS system (sample)

This is a project I undertook abstracting data from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (CWSS) system to get a “snapshot” of a company in the Anderson Zouaves. I was interested in the numbers and identities of the veterans and their ethnic background particularly looking at the predominance of surnames of German origin. A research article from this was presented in a past publication and I will endeavour to bring this to readers’ attention in a later blog post.

Please see

for the roster’s data.


for the CWSS online.


Private John Bennett, Co. F. & Co. H.

unioneagleJohn BENNETT enlisted as a Private on 30 June 1861 at the age of 19 in Company F. He was transferred on 3rd July 1861 from Company F to Company H. He reenlisted in Company F on 1st March 1864 and deserted the regiment on 19th April 1864.