The Lincoln Depot Museum has announced a special presentation, Elmer Ellsworth and the 11th New York Fire Zouaves, has been set for Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
The 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized in New York City in May 1861 as a Zouave regiment, known for its unusual dress and drill style, by Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a personal friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Drawn from the ranks of the city’s many volunteer fire companies, the unit was known alternately as the Ellsworth Zouaves, First Fire Zouaves, First Regiment New York Zouaves, and U.S. National Guards.
The Fire Zouaves raised by Ellsworth had more than their share of action. Even after the death of Ellsworth, they were counted on to carry the field at the Battle of Bull Run. The unit was among the first to occupy a Confederate state when it captured Alexandria Virginia on May 24, 1861, less than 24 hours after the Commonwealth seceded from the Union. The regiment suffered extensive casualties during the First Battle of Bull Run. Sent back to New York City in May 1862, the regiment was mustered out of service on June 2, 1862. There were several attempts to reorganize the regiment through the summer of 1863, and many new enlistees were involved in suppressing the New York Draft Riots, but those efforts failed and the enlistees were transferred to the 17th New York Infantry regiment.
Patrick has served as the Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park since 2002. He resides in Lynchburg, VA, and has worked as an independent researcher, author, historian, and tour guide. In 1993, he wrote Thirty Myths About Lee’s Surrender, which is currently in its twelfth printing. Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles.
Admission is $10. The Lincoln Depot Museum is located at 10 S Water Street, Peekskill. For more information, click here.
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