Zouave jacket


Both the Confederate and Union armies boasted regiments of fierce Zouave fighters. The origin of the Zouave military tradition lies in North Africa with the Berbers. During the French colonization of Algeria in the 1830s, French forces came in contact with Berber fighters who sported stunning uniforms and fighting prowess. French soldiers adapted the Zouave-styled uniform and with their victories in the Crimean Wars in the mid-1850s, military units in the United States were styling themselves as Zouave soldiers.

This particular uniform jacekt belonged to the 41st New York Infantry Regiment, also known as the DeKalb Zouaves. This unit drew its members from German immigrant communities in both Philadelphia and New York.

Associated Date: 1861-1865

Location: Currently not on view

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Related Publication: Kagan, Neil, editor. Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection

Credit Line: U.S. War Department

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.24944.01Accession Number: 64127Catalog Number: 24944.01

Object Name: jacketOther Terms: jacket; Man; Volunteers; Zouave, New York 41; Zouave, Dekalb

Physical Description: blue (overall color)red (trim color)Measurements: overall: 28 1/2 in x 19 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 72.39 cm x 49.53 cm x 9.525 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-d6bc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_398524

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