Civil War in America. The Illustrated London News, June 15, 1861.
NEW YORK, May 24.
could easily believe myself to be in Paris or some other city devoted to
military display, instead of New York, the commercial emporium of the North.
From morning to night nothing is heard but the sound of the drum or the martial
strains from trumpet and bugle, as regiment after regiment passes on its way to
the seat of war through streets crowded with a maddened population. All trade
is at a standstill. Store after store down Broadway has been turned into the
head-quarters of Anderson's Zouaves, Wilson's Boys, the Empire City Guard, and
hosts of corps too numerous or too eccentric in their names for me to
recollect. Verily, a cosmopolitan army is assembled here. As one walks he is
jostled by soldiers dressed in the uniforms of the Zouaves de la Garde, the
Chasseurs à Pied, Infanterie de la Ligne, and other French regiments--so great,
apparently, is the admiration of our cousins for everything Gallic. I must
confess I should prefer to see more nationality. In justice, however, to the
men, I cannot do otherwise than express my unqualified approval of the material
out of which the North is to make her patriot army. Many of those I have seen
marching through the streets appear already to have served in the field, so
admirably do they bear themselves in their new roles. The very children have
become tainted with the military epidemic, and little toddling Zouaves, three
and four years old, strut, armed to the teeth, at their nurses' apronstrings.
As I write I have a corps of chasseurs composed of all the small boys in the
hotel exercising and skirmishing in the corridor outside my room; the shrill
words of command from the juvenile Colonel pierce through and through my ears,
and distract my attention terribly.
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