Salem Zouaves: Civil War Bayonet Drill
In the mid-nineteenth century, a military fashion craze swept Europe and the United States. Known as Zouaves, they were originally French-Algerian light infantry famous for their colorful Turkish uniforms, athletic precision drill, and ferocity with cold steel in battle. The Salem Light Infantry, an elite militia company from Salem, Massachusetts, went Zouave in April, 1861. This presentation will feature a demonstration in uniform of the bayonet-fencing drill practiced by the Salem Zouaves.
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