Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fashionistas: Those dashing young Zouaves

Library of Congress
At the first battle of Manassas, the soldiers of the 14th Brooklyn hadn't just grabbed any old trousers they had laying around. They were proud examples of the "Zouave Craze": an unlikely military style that sent Civil War soldiers charging into battle wearing sashes, baggy pantaloons, tassled fezzes, and turbans.

Forged in North Africa and co-opted by the French colonists, the Zouave style was taken to new heights by Union and Confederates alike—all thanks to one dedicated super fan.
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