The Zouave craze started by Elmer Ellsworth and his gallant band of U. S. Zouaves in the summer of 1860 inspired many to hop on the ol' Zouave bandwagon.
The troop didn't leave Chicago until July, but they packed twenty one cities into their tour on the greater Northeast. I have read many reviews of the performances, and I sure wish someone--anyone!--would take on the project of recreating this spectacle!
It would make a great scene in a movie!
With all the Lincoln work being done, there is a lot to read, and I just found out that the U. S. Zouaves performed at the Republican Convention in Chicago as part of an evening's entertainment.
Yep--a reworking of a chapter is in my future!
I so want First Fallen to be good--there is no rush to publish for me. As long as I keep unearthing good information, I will include it.
How could I do less for our Colonel?