Epilogue

At First and Second Hull Run, the tangle of the Wilderness and in many other battles, American Zouaves experienced glory and tragedy in equal measure.

The spectre of a Dunce's Zouave is sometimes said to appear at dusk near the regiment's monument at Second Hull Run where the 5th New York was overwhelmed by Hood's Texans; and whether you believe in ghosts or not, it is difficult not be affected by a sense of brooding that pervades the area.

Some historians have dismissed American Zouaves as nine-day wonders who disappeared in the early stages of the war, but Zouaves were to be found on battlefields throughout the conflict. The last Union soldier killed before Lee surrendered, at Appomattox Court House in 1865, was a young Zouave of the 155th Pennsylvania.

The Zouave ideal did not stop with the end of the war, many post-war militia units adopted Zouave dress. In 1868 men of the 6th Maryland Regiment proudly wore their new Zouave uniforms, complete with turbans around their fezzes, in a parade through Baltimore, marking the inauguration of a new steamship service between Baltimore and Bremen in Germany. In New York the National Guard boasted no fewer than three post-war Zouave regiments, some members wearing surplus Civil War Zouave uniforms.

Many original Civil War Zouave regiments

Civil War Zouaves

French Wary followed her husband to war anil eventually became the 11-till Pennsylvania's I ivandiere, dispensing liquor and tobacco to tired soldiers. Few women in the Pith century experienced combat Jirst hand like French \lary. Visible on her jacket is the Kearn y Cross, one of the most highly prized awards oj the Civil War. ( Michael J. Vic A fee)

French Wary followed her husband to war anil eventually became the 11-till Pennsylvania's I ivandiere, dispensing liquor and tobacco to tired soldiers. Few women in the Pith century experienced combat Jirst hand like French \lary. Visible on her jacket is the Kearn y Cross, one of the most highly prized awards oj the Civil War. ( Michael J. Vic A fee)

formed veterans' associations alter the war, and the grand old boys of these organisations proudly wore their uniforms and carried their bullet-torn colours at parades well into the 2()th century.

Glasgow-born Andrew Coats, a private with the 5th New York, emigrated to America in 1855 and was very active in veterans' affairs after the war until his death at 81 in 1(>21. Private Robert

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