It's always seemed to me that it would be really awkward to march and fight dressed like that, not to mention the fact that it makes you a big bullseye on the battlefield. But the Zouaves sure fought hard and well wherever they went, and they played an important role in saving Pope's army at 2nd Manassas.A Texan thought that the sight of all the fallen Zouaves with their fancy blue and red uniforms looked like a springtime hillside covered with wild flowers back home.
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The pitiful remnants of Duryea's Zouaves were rallied on Henry House Hill at about 1700. They numbered only 60 men of the 560 who had been in its ranks just an hour before. Nearly 300 had been lost in the brief ten minute fight with Hood's Texans, of whom 120 had been killed- the greatest loss of any Union volunteer infantry regiment in one battle in the entire war. -The Second Bull Run Campaign pages 225-226
I find it ironic that Christians were fighting in Muslm garb.:laugh1:It's always seemed to me that it would be really awkward to march and fight dressed like that, not to mention the fact that it makes you a big bullseye on the battlefield.
:laugh2: I remember the story about Lee's son, but I don't remember the story about the chewing tobacco. Maybe it's cause I have the abridged version of R.E. Lee (either that or I'm just plain getting OLD). Anyway, I can just see it now. "Hey pard, gotta chew?" :laugh1:Lee looked and saw a powder-blackened gunner, his sponge staff in his hand. Ever since he had been asked for a chew of tobacco by a raw private in western Virginia, he had been accustomed to receive all manner of complaints and requests at unexpected places from unknown members of the voluntary association known as the Army of Northern Virginia; so there was no surprise in his when he said, "Well, my man, what can I do for you?"
"Why, General," said the cannoneer in aggrieved and familiar tones, "don't you know me?"
It was Robert. -RE Lee Volume II, pages 335-336
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Lieutenant Colonel Charles A Hamilton was wounded at the battle of Groveton/Brawner's Farm. He was a member of the 7th Wisconsin and the grandson of Alexander Hamilton.
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