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62nd Regiment
New York Volunteer Infantry
Civil War Newspaper Clippings

The following clippings were donated by Greg Furness.

New York Times 20 May 1861
Eight hundred men have already been recruited for this regiment. Two companies from Albany and one from Troy will arrive here in a day or two, and attach themselves to Col. J. LAFAYETTE RIKER'S regiment. Recruits are received in the large tent erected on Union-square.

New York Times 26 May 1861
New York Times (1857-Current file); May 26, 1861; ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851-2003)
pg. 8
A very few of these men appeared in uniform at the inspection yesterday. It is anticipated, however, that the whole of the men will be fully uniformed by Wednesday. The costume is a neat affair of blue, faced with yellow, and has the great recommendation of cheapness; pants, jacket, vest and cap will not cost more than $10. 664 men were inspected yesterday by the Union Defence Committee, presenting a very fine appearance. Mrs. Col. Anderson has taken great interest in the progress of this regiment, making the officers under many obligations to her, as also to the ladies of the New-York Relief Union, who have kindly supplied the regiments with shirts, drawers, etc. The following are the staff officers, line officers have not yet been elected:
Col. J. Lafayette Riper [sic], Lieut. Col. W. S. Fisdale, Maj. Oscar V. Dayton, Adj Prescott Tracy, Commisary [sic] Wilson Hubbell, Quarter-Master J. J. Yates.

New York Times 29 May 1861
Twelve hundred men have joined this regiment. Each recruiting officer has made an affidavit to the effect that every name inscribed on his roll is legitimate. Col. RIKER and Lieut.-Col. Tisdale pledge themselves, if called upon by the Union Defence Committee to furnish in less than 46 hours a sufficient number of able bodied, healthy men, to form a regiment. Col. RIKER complains very much of the demoralizing effect it has upon the men by keeping them in the City; and states that the only way to make good soldiers is to keep them away from local and home influences. If this is the case, the sooner quarters are provided for them the better.

New York Times 31 May 1861
This Regiment goes into quarters to-day at SNEDIKER'S, on Long Island. Four hundred men leave for the barracks to-day, three hundred to-morrow, and the balance the next day.

New York Times 4 June 1861
Four companies belonging to this regiment are quartered at Snedikers, Long Island; the remaining six companies are in barracks at the Newark Bay Hotel, N. J. Great activity prevails, and the men are rapidly becoming efficient in drill. Mr. A. V. Meekes, of the Seventh Regiment, has accepted a Captaincy in this corps; a number of his former comrades, unwilling to remain inactive, have placed themselves under his command. Col. Riker states that his men are all ready, and are anxiously waiting marching orders.

New York Times 7 June 1861
The circle of patriotic women who meet daily at Astor Library, have won to their ranks and to their utterly unsecturian [sic] movement, no less than six churches. The Anderson Zouaves have expressed a willingness to accept their especial patronage, and they will undoubtedly prove satisfactory to their fair guardians. The ladies would suggest to their aids or to any liberally-disposed parties, that a need will exist for donations of unbleached muslin for hospital use; also 1,000 pairs of drawers and 1,000 pairs of socks. It has been satisfactorily demonstrated that a woolen sock ribbed in the leg, is the best for marching; yet for very hot weather a different sort is proposed, made with woolen goot and cotton leg; its advantage consists in softness to the foot, while the leg is left cool. We have observed also a curious and excellent marching shoe. The upper is of canvass finished with a soft, fair leather toe moderately thick sole, and very broad heel. Old linen is much needed by the Association, in order to complete their hospital department. Those who are in the habit of tossing aside their linen garments as only fit for the rag bag, will confer a favor by remembering that it is more valuable than new, for new can be for money, while old cannot at all times. Where so much wealth and influence is concentrated, we shall expect an equipment worthy of the flag under which the chosen company march. It is the same that floated over Fort Sumter during the fearful cannonading that preceded its evacuation by our gallant soldiers under the brave ANDERSON.

New York Times
Correspondence of the New-York Times.
WASHINGTON, Sunday, June 9, 1861.
It is quite impossible to understand the movement of things here. Regiments are sent out in the night, and others come in the morning. Troops are called for, and troops all ready to be mustered in are rejected. The commander of the Anderson Zouaves of New-York is here, making strenuous efforts to get accepted. He has letters from the Defence Committee, from Mrs. ANDERSON, from M. O. Roberts and other distinguished men. The President has even written a letter to the Secretary of War, urging the acceptance. But it is doubtful whether it can be done. "You must get the consent of the Governor of New-York," it is said, and that is not always easy.

New York Times 11 June 1861
The part of this Regiment encamped at Salter's Hotel, five miles below Jersey City, were addressed yesterday by Mr. John M. Davis, at the request of Major Dayton. He was listened to with marked attention by the men, who gave him three hearty cheers when he had finished.

New York Times 17 June 1861
On Saturday, the part of this regiment that has been quartered two miles from East New-York, joined the corps at Salterville. In this beautiful place, shaded by a grove and fanned by sea breezes, the regiment, numbering between 800 and 900, are very comfortably quartered. Col. Riker has shown his competency for his post by his untiring and successful exertions. He was most cordially greeted yesterday on his return from Washington. In response, he made a very able and inspiring speech, which was enthusiastically cheered. He thanked the men for the patience they had exercised, and congratulated them on a better time coming, and hoped they would prove worthy of him whose name they bore. As he spoke every eye was filled with tears and every heart throbbed with emotion. Gen. Wetmore, of the Union Defence Committee, being introduced, made a very pertinent and eloquent address, in which he stated that the hearing of the ear had not half equaled the sight of the eyes, in regard to the stalwart men and noble Colonel and associate officers of this regiment, and only expressed the regret that he was not 20 years younger, that he might share the duty and honor of fighting in so holy a cause. Rev. L. C. Lockwood, who was present, seconded the remarks of the Colonel about the better day coming, and asserted, not as a myth, but as a reality, that this was becoming a pet regiment of New-York City, and the ladies of several Churches, with whom he has had conference, are now at work making undergarments and Havelocks for the regiment. He also made a prayer, invoking God's special blessing upon the regiment. At 3 1/2 o'clock, Mr. C. C. Leigh and the Chaplain conducted a meeting among the regiment, in which the greatest attention was given and a happy impression made. The regiment signified unanimously, by the raising of the hand, a desire for a prayer meeting, under the auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association, next Wednesday evening.

New York Times 21 June 1861
Capt. HUBBELL, of Company B, desires to acknowledge 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 those 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 26 June 1861
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 drawers, 1,000 Havelocks, 1,000 pairs 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 not to about $600 a day.

New York Times 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.,
Acting Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Zouaves.
J. J. Yates, Quartermaster.

New York Times 29 June 1861
You will confer an additional favor if you will allow me to correct one error which inadvertently occurred in the card of thanks published in you 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 1 July 1861
Eight companies belonging to this regiment have been mustered into the 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 for the wars some time during the next ten days. Col. J. LAFAYETTE RIKER has been presented with a valuable and handsome horse.

New York Times 2 July 1861
The whole of this regiment has now been mustered into the United States service; it is expected that it will be ordered to the seat of war immediately. The gentlemen who have brought this regiment to its present standard of excellence, deserve great credit for the patience and determination which they have manifested throughout the most trying difficulties. With scarcely any pecuniary assistance they have sustained a large body of men during a period of nearly two months, the greater part of the expense falling upon Col. J. L. Riker and Lieut.-Col. H. S. Tisdale. Other regiments have been aided to the extent of thirty, forty and even sixty thousand dollars by the United Defence Committee. Notwithstanding this, the Anderson Zouaves will compare favorably with any other regiment, as is shown by the following certificate of the United States Medical Inspector:
New-York, June 30, 1861.
Col. J. Lafayette Riker:
Dear Sir: In the examination of the fine body of troops under your command, known as the Anderson Zouaves, I found a far less proportion of them to be physically disqualified than I have found in any of the regiments I have examined during the present war, and I cheerfully testify to their general superior condition. The scarcity of boys and old men was also quite a remarkable feature.
Medical Inspector.

New York Times 6 July 1861
At 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 and honorary member of the staff) was especially active, and supplied a large brass field piece, which was served by a squad of experienced artillerists, principally from Capt. Ls 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. Rockets, 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, as 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 8 July 1861
The tide of official favor seems to have entirely changed with regard to this regiment, as it is ordered immediately to the seat of war. Col. Riker well deserves this success. He is of the stuff that colonels should be made of: indomitable perseverance, courage and patience entering largely into his composition. The Union Defence Committee has as yet done nothing for this regiment, though it has bestowed with a liberal hand many thousands upon two other regiments raised under the auspices of Fernando Wood and Isaac Bell, Jr.

Religious exercised were held at the recruiting quarters of the Anderson Zouaves, Union-square, yesterday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Russell officiating. A sermon was also preached in the evening, at the same place, by Rev. Mr. Harris. The large attendance which characterized these meetings when they were first commenced, has considerably decreased since the Zuaves have been encamped at the Salter’s Bay, N. J., the presence of the soldiers at the tent, doubtless, having much to do in getting so many persons together. The discourses delivered yesterday were of a practical nature, and were listened to with interest by those present.

New York Times 12 July 1861
This regiment is quartered at Salterville, N. J., and numbers about nine hundred men, all of whom are fine active young fellows. Col. J. Lafayette Riker will be prepared, and expects to march in a few days.

New York Times 13 July 1861
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 that 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.


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