this event was the first time I was ever pointed out for not having my brass polished, and I thought it was annoyingly cool. All of the campaigners in the Fire Zouaves rushed to the firepit right after inspection and went to work polishing those puppy paws!
Shaun C. Grenan
"(The Fire Zouaves) were in a pretty complete state of don’t care a d--n, modified by an affectionate and respectful deference to their Colonel.” - John Hay, 1861
" ' Ellsworth! Remember Ellsworth!' was the chorused battle-cry with us all, and at each shout horsemen would fall from their horses, victims upon our altar of vengeance." -Member of Co, B, 1st NY Fire Zouaves, NY Leader, July 23, 1861.