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The Zouaves

Edward Mendel
Ellsworth's Campaign in Barrack or Dress Uniforms
Prints & Photographs Division (42C.3)
Digital ID# pga-02164

Unable to fulfill his dream of attending West Point, New Yorker Elmer Ellsworth went west, eventually settling in Illinois. Enthusiastic for military pursuits, he secured command of a lackluster band of voluntary military students and turned them into the U.S. Zouave Cadets, a group that became famous for its precision drills. (Traditionally Zouaves were particularly ferocious Algerian soldiers whose exotic uniforms were widely imitated.)

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