This lovely model, luckily not runway-starved, is modeling a ladies' version of a Zouave jacket. The year of this piece of ephemera is 1859, I believe, so it is not a direct result of Ellsworth's Zouave Tour of 1860, but it does predict a trend toward Zouave mania.
The last few posts have been sort of sad--crazy guys and actions of crazy guys. I thought this might be a bit more cheerful and positive. My own Zouave jacket is black velvet with silver trimming and antique jet beads. I bought the beads at the 125th Anniversary of Gettysburg re-enactment.
No, it is NOT a Hallowe'en costume.
General Paine made his ghostly appearance yesterday, Monday, October 17 in emergingcivilwar.com. It looked lovely, or as lovely as Paine ever looked. I still think the lead picture of him is Photoshopped, altho' I have no idea how Timothy O'Sullivan did it.
The book is going well. I am finishing up endnotes for Chapter Two ("Inauspicious Beginnings"), which involves reading yet another Andrew Jackson biography. I think I have said before that my understanding of economic history is not the best, but it is getting better by leaps and bounds! The Panic of 1837 is much clearer to me than it was last April, when I started. Any volunteer readers??