Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This documentary is part of a series on the men and women of the War Between the States, using archival photographs, diaries, and re-enactments. This episode features the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, known as Duryee's Zouaves, who were one of the most renowned fighting regiments of the Civil War. Their flamboyant appearance belied their skill as soldiers. Dressing in North African costumes, copied from French soldiers, they performed intricate maneuvers and acrobatics. Yet their skill in combat and bravery under fire won them universal acclaim. Many considered them to be the best drilled volunteer unit in the Federal army. Nine of their number became generals. This film provides a look at one of the most unique phenomena of the Civil War.
Civil-War [US], infantry, Union-Army, unit, war