Exhibitions/ Art Object
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[Union Private, Eleventh New York Infantry (First Fire Zouaves)]

Artist:
Unknown
Date:
May–June 1861
Medium:
Ambrotype
Dimensions:
Plate: 7 x 8.3 cm (2 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Michael J. McAfee Collection
Not on view
This melancholy young volunteer was a member of the Eleventh New York Infantry, an early war regiment organized in New York City in May 1861. Primarily composed of volunteers from the city’s many fire companies, the men were also known as the First Fire Zouaves. Along with other volunteer units, the Eleventh helped capture Alexandria, Virginia on May 24, 1861, just a day after the state formally seceded from the Union.