New York Fire Zouaves

Date:
2010
Medium:
Acrylic on wood
Dimensions:
12 ½ x 14 ¼ x 2 ¼ inches
Credit Line:
Collection of Lysiane Luong Grooms and the artist

Grooms’s colorful palette perfectly captures the distinctive uniforms of the Fire Zoaves, the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment organized in New York City in 1861. One of several Zouave units on both sides of the conflict, the soldiers wore uniforms inspired by French colonial troops. The regiment was among the Union troops that captured Alexandria, Virginia on May 24, 1861 but also suffered many casualties in the First Battle of Bull Run.