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PRESENTATION OF COLORS - New York Times. (August 15th, 1861)

An interesting ceremony took place on Riker's Island yesterday. The colors destined for the Anderson Zouaves, the gift of Gen. Anderson, were presented to the regiment, in the presence of numerous spectators, by Dr. S. W. Crawford, the medical officer of Fort Sumter...The regiment was drawn up in line of battle, numbering 700 muskets; a guard of honor escorted Dr Crawford, with the colors, to the front of the regiment, who, holding the colors, addressed the regiment as follows:

"Col. Riker and Soldiers of the Anderson Zouaves: I stand before you for no common purpose today. I come in behalf of
that patriot and soldier whose name you bear, to give into your keeping as patriots, and intrust to your fidelity as soldiers, these colors. In every case, and among all nations, the emblem of their nationality is sacred and beloved; but to the soldier it is doubly dear. Around it centres whatever is glorious and renowned; for its
safety and honor he stands ever ready to yield his all, and life itself becomes of no value to him when danger threatens it.

To you, soldiers of the Anderson Zouaves, this banner bears a peculiar relation, coming as it does to you from one whose unwavering devotion to his country's flag in the hour of its danger has become part of that country's history. In his name I intrust it to your keeping. Take it with you as you go forward to join that army of patriots on the distant Potomac, and as your eyes rest upon it in the bivouac and on the march, by the camp-fire, or when it becomes your
rallying point amid the shock of battle, let the firm and unfaltering resolution be taken be taken by each on of you that it never shall be lowered in dishonor or disgrace. The eyes of your fellow-countrymen are upon you, their hearts will follow you, for your very designation will make you a conspicuous regiment. Let that thought animate you as
you go onward; let it strengthen and support you on the day of battle, and when you return may it be with this banner borne proudly before you, an eternal witness to your patriotism, fidelity and valor."

The colors were then handed to the Color Guard, and Col. Riker replied to the address in a few remarks. He alluded to the formation of the regiment, to the high honor they esteemed it to be called after so illustrious a patriot, and that the name they bore should be an incentive to him and them to devote themselves to the cause of their country. Words were wanting on his part to convey all he felt on behalf of his regiment, at the magnificent present thus made to them. Let Gen. Anderson feel assured it would be dearly prized, and that dishonor or disgrace should never stain it. They felt that much would be expected of them, but they felt only the more determined to devote themselves to duty. He again thanked Gen. Anderson for his gift.

The Chaplain then invoked the blessing of God upon the colors thus presented, and prayed that strength to sustain them nobly and honorably might be given the regiment who received them.

The regiment was then reviewed by Dr. Crawford, and Lieuts. Hawkins and Marston, who acted as his Staff on the occasion.

The regiment leaves in a few days for Washington. Dr. Crawford, like all the officers at Fort Sumter, has been promoted, and is now Major of the Thirteenth Regular Infantry.