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America’s (North African inspired) Zouaves

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America’s (North African inspired) Zouaves

In the months leading up to the Civil War in 1861, Americans were going nuts over a new kind of fighting force: Zouaves, Algerian-style fighters introduced to the Western world by the French during the Crimean War.    LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Members of the 114th Pennsylvania regiment wore Zouave outfits, including turbans, for this photo taken in August 1864 during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia.  “A fellow with a red bag … for a coat; with two red bags … for trousers, with an embroidered and braided bag for a vest, with a cap like a red woolen saucepan; with...

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