Battle of First Bull Run Online Exhibit

Fire Zouave Relating His Experience of the Battle of Bull Run

A Fire Zouave speaking to people on the street in Washington, a black-and-white illustration from Harper's Weekly magazine.

Caption: A Fire Zouave Relating His Experience of the Battle of Bull Run in the Street at Washington.

Source: Illustration from Harper's Weekly, August 17, 1861, page 519; text from page 522.

After the Battle

After the battle, our special artist in Washington has supplied us with the sketches which we reproduce on pages 513 and 519 ... Another picture introduces us to the same character, the typical Zouave relating his adventures at the Battle of Bull Run to a crowd of eager listeners on Pennsylvania Avenue. He is in his hour of triumph, and well he may be. He feels a quiet contempt for the men of his own age who were not at the battle; for he knows that henceforth no lady fair will smile on them so long as he or any of his comrades who were "in the battle" are near by. 

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Last Updated: August 7, 2012