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Philadelphia Zouave Corps., Pennsylvania Volunteers.

An excerpt from "The story of the  vivandieres of Birney’s 1st Divison, III Corps, Army of the Potomac, and the 'Kearny Cross' award of valor" by Anthony Waskie, Ph.D.

Brief outline history of  “Collis’ Zouaves”:

The first Zouave unit formed by Charles Collis, an Irish immigrant to Philadelphia was a company of troops named: Zouaves d’Afrique. These soldiers were dressed in the style of the elite French Zouaves units in uniforms purchased from France.

They were organized to form a bodyguard for General Banks, then operating in the Shenandoah Valley area of Winchester and on the Upper Potomac.

Source: "The story of the  vivandieres of Birney’s 1st Divison, III Corps, Army of the Potomac, and the 'Kearny Cross' award of valor" by Anthony Waskie, Ph.D., Temple University

Link to the full article: http://isc.temple.edu/awaskie/

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Title: Philadelphia Zouave Corps., Pennsylvania Volunteers.

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