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Civil War/Hampton Roads Lecture: Zouaves on the Virginia Peninsula

July 8 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Headshot photos of John V. Quarstein & Robert Bailey

John V. Quarstein


Presenter: John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center


About the presentation:

Zouave regiments were quite the fad during the 1850s and were highly popularized by Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth’s National Guard drill team and the New Orleans-based Iulkennau Zouaves. At the outset of the Civil War, the jaunty uniforms, precision drills, and tremendous élan seen in French Army Zouave regiments prompted recruiters in the North and South to establish units, including the 5th New York Duryee’s Zouaves and the Louisiana Tiger Zouaves. Between 1861 and 1862, the Virginia Peninsula witnessed several Zouave units. Some were praised for their high moral standards, while others displayed drunkenness, mischief, and disregard for military order. Nevertheless, these soldiers always looked dashing and were hell-bent on winning the fight.

Attending in person?
This lecture is free with $1 admission, and free for Mariners’ Museum Members. Seating is limited. 
Watching remotely?
This lecture is free to watch online, and you may register below.

Civil War Lecture/Hampton Roads History Lecture
Zouaves on the Virginia Peninsula
Friday, July 8, 2022 • 12 p.m. (ET)

Advance registration is required whether attending the lecture in person or online.

In person  
Free for Museum Members • $1 for guests

Free to watch online

Image credit:  Col. Abram Duryee and his officers on the porch of Senator Joseph Segar’s mansion. Segar owned the Hygeia Hotel in Hampton. Courtesy of Library of Congress.

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July 8
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT


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