5th New York Volunteer Infantry, Duryee’s Zouaves, 1863

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Sculpture: Eduard Pérez
Painting: Fernando Ruiz
Material: Resin
Number of parts of the kit: 3
Scale: 1/16
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The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, also known as “Duryée’s Zouaves” or “Red Devils”, was a regiment raised by supporters of the Union cause in 1861 at the island of Manhattan, New York. The surname comes from Abram Duryée, the commander appointed to lead it.

This unit, whose colorful appearance raised at first some doubts about its combat efficiency, kept a perfect service record through several important battles during the American Civil War, as the ones of Gaine’s Mill, the second of Bull Run (or Manassas), Antietam, Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville.

The most interesting feature of this bust is the zouave uniform, copied from the one used in France by the native Algerian troops and became so popular that made a lot of young soldiers to enlist as volunteers in the diverse regiments of this kind that were created both by the Union and the Confederacy.

This uniform gets defined by the use of short jacket, Turkish style trousers and a fez that normally was red and sometime was worn with a turban. As an alternative, the uniform of the second battalion of the 165th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment was different from the Duryée’s on the fez with a dark blue tassel instead of yellow. In any case, with slight modifications, it can be used to portray several zouaves regiments from both sides.