The National Civil war Museum will offer the last program in our 2018 Series of 12 free lectures to the public with Patrick Shroeder, who will present: Zouaves: America's Forgotten Soldiers. This unique Civil War subject will have a slide show of more than 100 photographs of Zouaves, both North and South. Patrick will discuss the origins of Zouaves in North Africa, the French Zouaves distinguished exploits in the Crimean War and in Italy, and Elmer Ellsworth and the "Zouave craze" in America. Slides will demonstrate various styles of American Zouave uniforms as well as brief capsule histories on several famous Zouave units. there will be reproduction uniforms brought for display and details of this unique uniform explained.
Civil War Author/Historian - In the spring of 1990, Patrick A. Schroeder graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Historical Park Administration from Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV. He has a M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech. Patrick has written, edited and/or contributed to more than twenty-five Civil War titles. Patrick resides in Lynchburg, VA, and has worked as an independent researcher, author, historian, and tour guide. In an effort to protect sites relevant to the Appomattox Campaign, Patrick has set up the "Appomattox Fund" with the Civil War Trust, to save land important to the climatic events of April 1865.
The 2018 Lessons in History program is free to the public. Regular museum admission applies for entrance to the museum galleries.