Colonel 6th New York "Wilson's" Zouave
(1823-74) Appointed Colonel 6th N.Y. Infantry, April 19, 1861. Known as Billy Wilson's Zouaves, the regiment was recruited in New York City, organized under Colonel William Wilson, and accepted by the state on May 22, 1861. They left N.Y. on June 15, 1861, serving in the Department of Florida at Santa Rosa Island and Fort Jefferson. They also served at Pensacola and Barrancas, Fla., and Port Hudson, Irish Bend and Bayou Vermillion, La. Wilson received the rank of brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view wearing kepi with U.S. hat wreath insignia and sash. Col. Billy Wilson is written in period script on the front mount. Backmark: E. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Sharp image. Excellent condition.