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6th Infantry Regiment
Civil War
Billy Wilson's Zouaves; Union Battalion Zouaves; Union Volunteers


Battles and Casualties Table from Phisterer

Civil War Newspaper Clippings

Historical Sketch from the 3rd Annual Report of the Bureau of Military Statistics

6th Infantry Batle Flag 6th Infantry Batle Flag

Muster Roll

Unit Roster

Further Reading
This is meant to be a comprehensive list. If, however, you know of a resource that is not listed below, please send an email to with the name of the resource and where it is located. This can include photographs, letters, articles and other non-book materials. Also, if you have any materials in your possession that you would like to donate, the museum is always looking for items specific to New York's military heritage. Thank you.

6th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry ("Wilson's Zouaves") 1861-1863." Military Collector and Historian.

Allgower, Charles F., Headquarters of Colonel William Wilson, Commanding 1st Brigade Grovers, Mss. 4832, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Pencil drawing on paper depicting the occupation of Baton Rouge and showing Wilson's federal encampment in Baton Rouge, with the State Capitol and the Louisiana Deaf and Dumb Asylum in the background.
LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, LA

The battle eve : dedicated to Edward Havey, Wilson's Zouave.: N[ew]. Y[ork]. : H. De Marsan, 1865.
Note(s): A Civil War song (without the music); text within illustrative border./ First line of text: To-morrow, comrade, we...
Located at the New York Historical Society and Amherst College.

Bechler, Valentin. "A German Immigrant in the Union Army." : Selected Letters of Valentin Bechler." Journal of American Studies. 4 February 1971. 146-162.

Brown, Harvey. Attack on Santa Rosa Island: October 9, 1861: Colonel Brown's Report. S.l.: Rebellion record, 1862. Consists of reports and accounts regarding the Oct. 9., 1861 Confederate attack on Union positions (and Wilson's Zouaves New York regiment) on Santa Rosa Island, Florida. The federal reports are written by Col. Harvey Brown and Col. William Wilson of the Union Army. Accounts are also included from the Augusta Constitutionalist, the Atlanta Intelligencer, and the Mobile Advertiser, along with statements from soldiers and observers from both sides.

Kilmer, G. L. "Billy Wilson's Men. Story of a New York zouave regiment of 1861. A glance at the personnel of the noted Sixth New York." In War Department Library Pamphlet v. 270.

Million, M. J. Billy Wilson's Zouaves. Air: The plains of Mexico. [New York: H. De Marsan,1860-1869?].
Description: 1 sheet ([1] p.) ; 15 x 9 cm.
Note(s): First line: Dash on, dash on, my gallant Zouaves./ Other editions attribute the verses to M. J. Million./ Text within illustrated border./ N-YHS copy mounted, with other ballads, on a sheet from the William P. Wright scrapbooks./ N-YHS copy imperfect: closely trimmed to 15 x 9 cm., with loss of border and imprint.
Located at the New York Historical Society.

Lowry, Thomas P. "A wild night at the old Spanish Fort: Lt. Col. John Creighton." Curmudgeons, drunkards, and outright fools : courts-martial of Civil War Union colonels. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2003, 1997.

Morris, Gouverneur. The history of a volunteer regiment, being a succinct account of the organization, services and adventures of the Sixth regiment, New York volunteers, infantry, known as Wilson zouaves. Where they went, what they did, and what they saw in the War of the rebellion, 1861 to 1865. Prepared from official data by Gouverneur Morris. Illustrated by James E. Taylor. New York, Veteran Volunteer pub. co., 1891. 160 p. illus., 2 maps, ports.

Recollections of a checkered life, by a Good Templar. Napanee, Ontario, S. T. Hammond [Toronto, Printed by Robertson & Cook, 1868] 116 p.

Shanahan, M. Letter, Oct. 13, 1861.
Abstract: Letter to James Hamm mailed from Camp Esau, Pensacola, Florida giving an exultant account of the raid at Santa Rosa and on "the camp of Billy Wilsons famous Zouaves."
Note(s): Bio/History: Soldier in the 9th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, who was at the battle of Santa Rosa when Confederate troops under command of General Richard Anderson made a surprise attack on the Union forces there, specifically routing Wilson's Zouaves.
Located at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.


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