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July 29, 1862: Kansas Zouaves D’Afrique

Sgt. Tom Strawn (not a Kansas Zouave, sorry) The Richmond Daily Dispatch notes here without comment an item from Kansas, calling for volunteers for a black regiment of Union troops. The Kansas Zouaves D’Afrique were actually mustered in January, 1863, … Continue reading

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May 9, 1861: Zouaves in Washington

Fire Zouaves saving Willard’s Hotel Among the many troops suddenly descending on Washington D.C. were the colorfully uniformed “Fire Zouaves” of New York. Recruited by Elmer Ellsworth from New York City firemen and clad in bright red pants, they were … Continue reading

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