William P. Allcott
was enlisted on June 2, 1861 in New York, NY as a Private at the age of 23. He was mustered into Company ‘D’ of
the Anderson Zouaves on June 30, 1861. In September of the same year, Allcot was promoted to Quarter Master Sergeant and in
November of 1862, he was promoted to Sergeant.
Many of the men who made up the Anderson Zouaves
served as volunteer firemen before enlisting; Allcott himself served as an assistant foreman of Engine Company No. 15. Allcott was wounded in 1863 at Fredericksburg,
VA and in 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA. He was then discharged due to wounds on December 19, 1864 from the Carver Hospital in Washington,