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Object Name Jacket, Zouave
Catalog Number 0985.06.00022
Description Zouave jacket: Dark blue wool broadcloth with yellow worsted wool braid, no facings, dark brown polished cotton lining in the body, white cotton sheeting lining in the sleeves, three small brass buttons on each sleeve.
Owned James L. Clark
Owner Regiment "Maryland Guard"
1st Maryland Infantry
VADC - Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart
12th Virginia Cavalry, Co. F
2nd Maryland Cavalry, Co. F
Provenance Capt. James Louis Clark wore this Zouave jacket when he was a member of the "Maryland Guard," a pre-war Baltimore volunteer company attached to the 53rd Maryland Militia.

Many members of the 53rd Maryland Militia eventually joined the Confederacy. The Maryland Guard formed in Baltimore in December 1859. They were a smart and well dressed unit that the public celebrated. McHenry Howard of Company C stated, "The French Zouave was the model soldier of that period according to the American ideas and the Maryland Guard uniform was patterned on his". The Maryland Guard did its best to protect the city during the Pratt Street Riot (or Baltimore Riot -- in which civilians attacked the 6th Massachusetts while they were marching through Baltimore), although the majority of its members were secessionists. When Maryland came under control of the Union Army in May of 1861, most of the Maryland Guard dispersed and headed South.
People Clark, James Louis
Search Terms Baltimore Riot of 1861
Pratt Street Riot
Pratt Street Massacre
Subjects Uniforms
Coats
Jackets
Militias