So Extremely Wretched
[23 July 1861]
The Anderson Zouaves
This Regiment, numbering
800 men, is encamped at Riker's Island, having proceeded thither from Salter's
Bay over a week ago. Up to a late hour last night, no orders had been issued
for their departure to the scene of battle, and even if such orders had been
promulgated, the condition of the men is so extremely wretched, that it is
doubtful if they could have been enforced. The Regiment has been unable to
obtain the requisite military supplies from any source, and is greatly
deficient in clothing and shoes. The men are strongly adverse to moving forward
to an engagement, unless fully prepared and well provided.
New York Times, Tuesday, July 23, 1861, Page 8.
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