Some Little First Bull Run Uniform Illustrations

13 11 2015

WARNING – Fun stuff ahead. If you are easily offended, that is, super-easily offended, or if you’re just looking for a fight, run away now.

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Thanks to fellow blogger Robert Moore for directing me to some fine illustrations of Civil War uniforms by Bartek Drejewicz. Here’s his blog, and here’s his Facebook page. With his permission, lets take a look at this imagined soldier of the 1st Louisiana Special Battalion, a Tiger Zouave:

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And here’s a cannoneer of the Washington Artillery:

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And people ask me “why the interest in First Bull Run?” But really, take a look at the uniforms, if you can. He got more right than he got wrong, don’t you think? On the Tiger – gaiters, Bowie knife. And check out the WA on the artillerist’s kepi, and the short artillery sword.


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13 11 2015
Dale Fishel

Would make good posters for recruiting volunteers methinks! BTW…we’ve all read accounts of young women who posed as men to join and fight. One account is of a woman in the 74th Ohio Volunteer Infantry…my Barnhart ancestors were in that unit!

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13 11 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Thanks Dale. Look for an interview with the artist coming up over on Cenantua’s blog (Robert Moore).

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13 11 2015
Martin Husk

I have a feeling that if “Joannie Reb” actually looked like that, the war would have ended in no time at all.

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13 11 2015
Jens C. Falster

Cute, but I can’t say I’m a fan of high heel, stiletto boots.

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13 11 2015
Harry Smeltzer

To each his own, Jens. To each his own.

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13 11 2015
Mike Peters

Harry. Why I study Zouaves, …

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13 11 2015
Harry Smeltzer

So you can now understand why the variety of uniforms on the field that day was a great distraction.

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13 11 2015
Bill Schoenfeld

Harry thanks for the latest post and I always knew there was something missing in the war. Dutch Schoenfeld

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13 11 2015
cwbattlemapart

Well…. looks like I got some revisions to do!!….I will let Blakie Hines know too!

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13 11 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Bartek is an interesting cat.

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23 11 2015
Chris Evans

This is pretty good. Funny.

Reminds me of some book that had real women in Hussar outfits from the Napoleonic Wars and Crimea. Don’t remember the title.

Chris

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23 11 2015
Harry Smeltzer

Follow the links in the post. You’ll find similar drawings by Bartek for those same periods.

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24 11 2015
Chris Evans

Thanks.

I’d never heard about these paintings until you posted this. Really get a kick out of them. Quite creative.

Chris

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