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U.S. Civil War Reenactment

I believe this fellow is dressed in the Zouave style of uniform.

 

Zouave was the title given to certain infantry regiments in the French Army, normally serving in French North Africa between 1831 and 1962. The name was also adopted during the 19th century by units in other armies, especially volunteer regiments raised for service in the American Civil War. The characteristic zouave uniform included short open-fronted jackets, baggy trousers and often sashes and oriental headgear.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zouave

U.S. Civil War Reenactment

I believe this fellow is dressed in the Zouave style of uniform.

 

Zouave was the title given to certain infantry regiments in the French Army, normally serving in French North Africa between 1831 and 1962. The name was also adopted during the 19th century by units in other armies, especially volunteer regiments raised for service in the American Civil War. The characteristic zouave uniform included short open-fronted jackets, baggy trousers and often sashes and oriental headgear.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zouave

comments (2)

I was always fascinated by this uniform, painted a few miniatures of it in my time. But it is one we never see over here in the re-enactment arenas, it is mainly butternut and blue. He certainly looks a character.
John Eagle: First I have heard of Butternut and blue - looked it up and yes it matches. You probably never see it in your neck of the woods because it has a French origin. smile Doubt the Brits would want to be seen wearing a uniform that originated with the French. tongue
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Sep 2010, 21:59
Zouave; you have taught me something new - or old (depending). There must be some association between the uniform style and the 'St Louis' on the ammo boxes.
John Eagle: Hmmm Interesting. I read up on it. Seems that Missouri originally sided with the Union but wanted to stay out of the war. It was then raided by both sides for the guns and ammo. It ended up in Union hands and remained that way for most of the war. Apparently it provided substantial quantities of war materiel to the armies in the Western Theater.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Arsenal

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