Fine Body of Troops
The Anderson Zouaves.
The whole of this regiment
has now been mustered into the United States service : it is expected that it
will be ordered to the seat of war immediately. The gentlemen who have brought
this regiment to its present standard of excellence, deserve great credit for
the patience and determination which they have manifested throughout the most
trying difficulties. With scarcely any pecuniary assistance they have sustained
a large body of men during a period of nearly two months, the greater part of
the expense falling upon Col. J. L. Riker and Lieut.-Col. H. S. Tisdale. Other
regiments have been aided to the extent of thirty, forty and even sixty
thousand dollars by the Union Defence Committee. Notwithstanding this, the
Anderson Zouaves will compare favorably with any other regiment, as is shown by
the following certificate of the United States Medical inspector :
New-York, June 30, 1861.
Col. J. Lafayette Riker :
Dear Sir : In the
examination of the fine body of troops under your command, known as the
Anderson Zouaves, I found a far less proportion of them to be physically
disqualified than I have found in any of the regiments I have examined during
the present war, and I cheerfully testify to their general superior condition.
The scarcity of boys and old men was also quite a remarkable feature.
N. R. Moseley, M. D.,
New York Times, Tuesday, July 2, 1861, Page 8.
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