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    Captain Thomas J. Roberts, 6th New York Infantry "Wilson's Zouaves" - Inventory Number: CDV 350

    Bust of Captain Thomas J. Roberts.  Backmark: Rutherford and Broadway, New York.  the 6th New York saw action at Pensacola, New Orleans, and Port Hudson.  

    Thomas J. Roberts:

    Enlisted on 12/21/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant at the age of 27 years.

    On 12/21/1861 he was commissioned into "G" Co. NY 6th Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 6/25/1863 at New York, NY

    Promotions:

    * 1st Lieut 6/1/1862

    NEW YORK SIXTH INFANTRY (Two Years)

    Sixth Infantry.-Col., William Wilson; Lieut.-Cols., John Creighton, Michael Cassidy; Majs., William Newby, James W. Burgess.

    The 6th, recruited in New York city and known as Wilson's Zouaves, was mustered into the U. S. service at Tompkinsville, April 30 and May 25, 1861, for two years.  It left New York city on June 15 on the steamer Vanderbilt for Santa Rosa island, Fla., where it encamped near Fort Pickens.

    Cos. A, B and C were stationed at Key West and Tortugas, and Cos. G and I at batteries Lincoln and Cameron.  The companies remaining at the original camp were attacked in October and fell back to battery Totten.  In Nov., 1861, and Jan., 1862, the fortifications of Pensacola were bombarded, the regiment taking part in the attack, and upon the evacuation of the city in May the 6th was quartered in the town, Cos. G and I being stationed at Fort Barrancas.

    It was ordered to New Orleans in Nov., 1862, where it was attached to Sherman's division and later to Grover's division, with which it moved to Baton Rouge.  In March 1863, the 4th division (Grover's), of the 19th corps was ordered to Brashear City and took part in an expedition to Irish bend, where an engagement ensued in which the 6th was active as also at Vermillion bayou.

    Upon returning it was ordered to Alexandria and there embarked for New York city, where it was mustered out on June 25, 1863. 

    The original members numbered 770, of whom 14 were killed or died of wounds, and 32 died from other causes.

    New York SIXTH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY.

    Billy Wilson's Zouaves; Union Battalion Zouaves; Union Volunteers.

         This regiment was recruited in New York city, organized under Col. William Wilson on Staten Island, and accepted by the State May 22, 1861.  It was mustered in the service of the United States for two years, Companies A, B, C, D and E April 30, and F, G, H, I and K May 25, 1861.  A number of the members of Company B, Empire City Guard, an incomplete organization, joined Company D of this regiment.

         The regiment left the State June 15, 1861; served at Santa Rosa Island, Fla., Department of Florida, from June 23, 1861; three companies at Fort Jefferson, Fla., from January, 1862; in Department of the South, from March, 1862; in the West District of the Department of the South, from April, 1862; at Pensacola, Fla., from May 9, 1862; in the Department of the Gulf, from November, 1862; in the First Brigade (Dwight's), Grover's Division, Department of the Gulf, from December 30, 1862; in the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Corps, from March, 1863; on the expiration of its term of service it was returned to New York city, and there, under Colonel Wilson, honorably discharged and mustered out June 25, 1863.


    Inventory Number: CDV 350