6th New York Volunteer Infantry

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6th Regiment New York Volunteer Infantry
Flag of New York (1778–1901).svg
New York state flag
ActiveMay 25, 1861, to June 25, 1863
CountryUnited States
EngagementsAmerican Civil War
Col. William Wilson
Colonel William Wilson and his staff, May 1861

The 6th New York Infantry Regiment, also called "Wilson's Zouaves", was a unit of the Union Army during the American Civil War. It was organized at New York City on May 25, 1861.[1] The Regiment was composed of 5 initial companies of A, B, C, and D. Companies E, F, G, H, I, and K were added May 25, 1861. It was made up primarily of gang members, ex-cons, and criminals from the Bowery section of New York City. Rumor had it that a man had to prove he'd served time in jail before he was allowed to join.

Santa Rosa Island[edit]

From June 15 through June 23, 1861, the regiment left New York state and moved to Santa Rosa Island, Florida, where they were attached to:

  • Santa Rosa Island, District of Florida, Department of the South, to May 1862.
  • Arnold's Brigade, District of Pensacola, Florida, Department of the South, to September 1862. *Wilson's Brigade, District of West Florida, Department of the Gulf, to November 1862.
  • Grover's Division, Department of the Gulf, to January 1863.
  • 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to June 1863.


Mustered out[edit]

The 6th was ordered back to New York City for muster out, mustered out at New York City June 25, 1863, expiration of term.[2]

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