New Jersey Zooszoos

New Jersey lias a reputation for producing tough streetwise characters, and during the American Civil War many of them Were attracted to the state's two Zouave regiments. Raised in late 1863, the two regiments were the 33rd and 35th New Jersey Volunteers; and if the attraction of wearing a fancy Zouave uniform wasn't a big enough pull, the large bounty offered to potential recruits was. However, several recruits went AWOL with the cash after they joined up. Captain Uigustus Angel of the 35th New Jersey also had to deal with a drunken brawl among some of his men, and shot dead a private who came at him with a bayonet. The 33rd New Jersey, Mindil's Zouaves, commanded by Colonel George Washington Mmdil, and i lie 35th New Jersey, Cladek's Zouaves, commanded by Colonel John J. Cladek, certainly had lighting spirit; it just needed to lie directed at the enemy, not at each other.

Both regiments were sent west, and joined Sherman's army in the gruelling onslaught against Atlanta. The 33rd was the first of the two regiments to see action, flanking Confederates over steep inhospitable ground at Rocky Face Ridge in Georgia an action where Colonel Mindil was wounded. At the Battle of Reseca, in May 18f>4, the 35th New Jersey with the 25th Wisconsin supported Morgan Smith's division of the \\ Corps. The 33rd and 35th New Jersey saw a good deal of service through the \tlanta Campaign. The 55th became particularly adept at skirmishing; but Captain Angel, the officer w ho had been forced to shoot a Cladek's Zouave private in self defence, was killed by a rebel bullet. Both regiments suffered heavy losses: out of a total of 526 men,

Cladek Zouaves

The Rurnside Zouaves. who hmled from Rhode Island, even otore while kepis as pari of their spectacular looking Uniform; hat the y mere a short-lived outfit, only serving far five months in the summer of !H(>2 as a company with the lltth Rhode Island regiment, This dogged looking Burn side Zouave, Sergeant J. H, Gardner, poses kepi in hand. His jacket is light blue and the trousers red. (Michael J. McAfee)

The Rurnside Zouaves. who hmled from Rhode Island, even otore while kepis as pari of their spectacular looking Uniform; hat the y mere a short-lived outfit, only serving far five months in the summer of !H(>2 as a company with the lltth Rhode Island regiment, This dogged looking Burn side Zouave, Sergeant J. H, Gardner, poses kepi in hand. His jacket is light blue and the trousers red. (Michael J. McAfee)

the 33rd New jersey could barely muster 2(H) at the end of the campaign.

Soldiering did have its compensations for the streetwise New Jerseymen of both regiments. The 33rd and 35th took part in Sherman's march to the sea, and were particularly good at foraging and 'liberating' valuables from the beleaguered Southern population. From an unpromising start, the roughneck Zouaves of the 33rd and 35th New Jersey had a vcrv creditable war record, and proved themselves in more than one tough light. Anyone who disagreed that they'd put on a good show would have been wise to keep his thought^ to himself.

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