How to Make a Zouave

13 10 2011

We are responsible for the following recipe for making a zouave. The real zouave (from the South) are now in Virginia, and the doubtful reader may appeal to them. It may be that we got our information from one of the French drill sergeants himself. Thus: “Take the Recruit – keeping him forty-eight hours – nothing to eat; then march him forty-eight hours – nothing to eat; then let him fight like h-ll forty-eight hours – nothing to eat; By dam, he one Zouave.”

Richmond Enquirer
New Orleans Commercial Bulletin, 7/18/1861
Jackson Barracks – Historical Military Data on Louisiana Militia, Vol. 111, p. 35.

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14 10 2011
Mike Peters

Harry,

According to CSA General Adley Hogan Gladden, mortally wounded at Shiloh, the recipe was much simpler. He claimed all you needed was 2 yards of red flannel and an Irishman.

Mike Peters

14 10 2011
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks for sharing, Mike!

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