Salem Zouaves will demonstrate at Lincoln Day at Forbes House Museum, Milton, MA

Bayonets and Sabre Fencing….
the Salem Zouaves will join the Lincoln Day festivities
 for the first time ever…
salem zouaves

Forbes House Museum will hold its annual Lincoln Day celebration on Sunday, 12 February from 1-4pm at 215 Adams Street, Milton. Festivities for this annual event have been expanded in celebration of the Milton 350th anniversary with support from the Milton Public Schools.

A demonstration by the Salem Light Infantry re-enactors is part of an afternoon full of activities to commemorate the Civil War. Salem Zouaves co-founder, Paul Kenworthy, says, “We recreate the exotic, flashy drill and uniforms of the original Salem Zouaves, including our signature bayonet and sabre fencing.”

Originally a French- Algerian light infantry, the Zouaves perform in colorful Turkish uniforms; they are known for their athletic precision drill and preference for cold steel in battle.

Forbes House Museum is fortunate to have long-standing relationships with a number of talented re-enactor groups. Festivities for Lincoln Day will include drills and demonstrations by the 22nd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the 7th Tennessee Company G., and the United States Sanitary Commission Boston Branch (the 22nd Massachusetts ladies civilian group). First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, will make a guest appearance, inspecting and addressing the troops.

The FHM Lincoln Cabin will be open to visitors. Hot chocolate will be served in the tradition begun by Mary Bowditch Forbes in 1924. Suggested donation for Lincoln Day is $5 per family.

Photo above: Demonstration by the Salem Zouaves at the Longfellow House, Cambridge.

For more information about all the infantry and civilian groups participating in Lincoln Day 2012, visit their websites:

For more information on programs and events at Forbes House Museum, including Lincoln Day, visit our website at

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