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Zesty Zouaves: Uniform elements becoming fashionable in the mid-nineteenth century
Members of the French Army serving in Algeria from 1830 through 1962 were known as Zouaves. This group was noted for their unique uniforms with colorful trimmings. In the American Civil War, both sides adopted elements of the Zouaves and had units following the light infantry tactics and open-order formations. Their unique methods and eastern-inspired clothing attracted the attention of the public, and ultimately versions of their uniforms became fashionable elements for women and children of the era. This live-tweet presentation will focus on this clothing, discussing the infatuation with the style and connections between the soldiers and civilians.