The Palmetto Riflemen & New York Zouaves

    The "Palmetto Riflemen & New York Zouaves" is an American Civil War Living History Group based in the Carolinas and Georgia, with the Company Headquarters based in Lexington, South Carolina. The primary goals of the company are to further the education of the general public and to preserve the memory of the men and women who served during the American Civil War, 1860 to 1865.

    The members of the "Palmetto Riflemen & New York Zouaves" represent the volunteers of the original units that served from 1860 to 1865 across the States of Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, & Pennsylvania. More information about our impressions and the men we portray can be found on this website under the Impressions Section of this site.

    The members of the company are mostly drawn from the states of South Carolina, North Carolina & Georgia and participate in local and national living histories, battle reenactments, parades, etc. The members are drilled in the proper Infantry Tactics and formations of the period; give various presentations, living history demonstrations, and other events. More information about our events and activites can be found under the Schedule section of this site. The members of our company strive to live up to the reasons which prompted men like Edward King Wightman to enlist in the original "New York Zouaves" on September 1st, 1862, when he wrote:

"This Regiment was selected, 1st because it will take me at once where I can be useful; 2nd because its reputation for courage, based on actual test, assures me against being disgraced; 3rd because the class of men comprising it is much better than the average."

    If you are interested in more information about, or are interested in joining our company, please feel free to explore this website, or contact us through the Company Commander.

"Who knows but it may be given to us, after this life, to meet again in the old quarters, to play chess and draughts, to get up soon to answer the morning roll call, to fall in at the tap of the drum for drill and dress parade, and again to hastily don our war gear while the monotonous patterns of the long roll summons to battle? Who knows but again the old flags, ragged and torn, snapping in the wind, may face each other and flutter, pursuing and pursued, while the cries of victory fill a summer day? And after the battle, the wounded and slain will arise and all will meet together under the two flags, all sound and well and there will be talking and laughter; and cheers, and all will say, "Did it not seem real? Was it not as in the old days?"

Pvt. Berry Benson, 1st South Carolina Rifles Regiment

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