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New York Infantry Regiment, 6th
Historical Sketch from the
3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics

SlXTH REGIMENT INFANTRY, N. Y. S. V.
The Sixth regiment infantry, N. Y. S. V., or "Wilson's Zouaves," was recruited in the city of New York (commencing April 14th, 1861), by Col. William Wilson. Immediately upon the issue of the President's proclamation calling for 75,000 volunteers, Col. Wilson received authority from the State to recruit a regiment of infantry. In five days after opening his rolls, twenty-five hundred men gave in their names. When the Sixth Massachusetts were attacked while passing through Baltimore April, 19th, Col. Wilson asked to be immediately sent to the field, and in compliance with this request Special Orders No. 61, April 20th, was issued, by Gov. Morgan.

" Col. Wilson Wilson, of New York city, is hereby appointed temporarily colonel of the regiment he has raised, his appointment to date on the 10th of April, 1861. He will report himself and his command forthwith to the President of the United States at Washington city. If practicable, before leaving New York, the regiment will be mustered into the service of the State, Major Robert Hubbell will preside at the election of company officers, and Brig. Gen. Yates will preside at the election of field officers. If not practicable, the organization will be completed on the passage and reported to this office. Col. Wilson will make requisition on the Commissary General for the necessary arms and ammunition. Gen. Sandford will provide the requisite steam transportation and supplies for the regiment for one month."

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History
Last modified: March 27, 2006
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