Elmer E. Ellsworth and the Zouaves of ‘61
Elmer E. Ellsworth and the Zouaves of ‘61Ingraham, Charles Anson1925
COL Ellsworth was responsible for training Zouave cadets in Chicago, pictured here on a national tour.
Before the Civil War, the people of Illinois organized themselves into militias, like the Zouaves, to defend their frontier settlements. At the onset of the war, many of these organized militias were federalized.