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A painting of General George Meade by Bucks County painter Thomas Hicks 1876 from the collection of the Philadelphia War Museum. The roots of the museum go back to the end of the Civil War, when Union officers formed the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). In 1888 they founded a museum in Philadelphia, and over the years, Union officers and their descendants donated a rich array of artifacts, including plaster casts of Lincoln's hands and face, battle photos, Jefferson Davis' smoking jacket, battle flags, the first John Wilkes Booth wanted poster, bullet-riddled tree trunks,...

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Gardner’s Basin at the north end of Absecon Island, where Clam Creek meets Absecon Inlet, was named after John H. Gardner who was mayor of Atlantic City from 1868-1872, and a Congressman for Atlantic County. Mr. Gardner was born in Atlantic county, October 17, 1845,and resided there all his lifetime, excepting during his term of service in the Civil War.  He served in the 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry from 1861 to 1865 and 1 year in the United States Veteran Volunteers.In September 1864, the original enlistments of the unit expired by law, and the men who served a full three years were mustered...

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  General Meade was an engineer on the Atlantic City Lighthouse on Pacific and Rhode Island Avenue in Atlantic City, NJ.  A popular place for weddings and tourists his role is often overlooked. Nearby in 1854, the Powhatan wrecked, killing 311 passengers and crew members, and causing the Absecon Inlet to be nicknamed Graveyard Inlet. So the Absecon Lighthouse was built in an attempt to prevent another tragedy. It served from 1857 until 1933, and now stands restored. Work began on the lighthouse in 1856. The surveys and plans for the lighthouse were signed by Lt. George Gordon Meade, who also played a...

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Zouaves dress consisted of a loose jacket and waistcoat of dark blue cloth, red Turkish trousers, red fez with yellow tassel, sky-blue sash, yellow leather leggings, and white gaiters.  This costume, which made a conspicuous mark for bullets, was soon exchanged for the more sober blue and gray. The first regiment of Zouaves was that of Colonel Ellsworth - "New York Fire Zouaves." Elmer Elsworth was a friend of Abraham Lincoln who worked in his law office in Springfield and later on his presidential campaign.  In 1861 after the Battle of Fort Sumter he organized and led the 11th New York...

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Welcome to our new blog.  History confirms that the Irish played a major part in both the North and South battles.  We plan to give you some of the special events they participated in. Today we explore N. Y. Zouaves.

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