CDV of General Abram Duryee of “Duryee’s Zouaves”


Featured here is a nice ¾ standing pose of Brig. General Abram Duryee, Col. Of the 5th New York and the famous “Duryee’s Zouaves”. He was wounded no less than 5 times during the Civil War. Published by Anthony from a Brady Negative. Condition is as seen in the photo. This would be a great addition for the Civil War Zouave collector. Scarce pose of the General holding his sword.


Just after the start of Civil War, Duryée raised a new regiment, the 5th New York Volunteers, in less than a week. He became its colonel on May 14, 1861. It was one of the several Zouave units that were formed in the mid-19th century. “Duryée’s Zouaves”, as they became known, fought at Big Bethel. Duryée was appointed brigadier general, on August 31, 1861, to rank from that date. President Abraham Lincoln submitted the nomination to the U.S. Senate on December 21, 1861 and the Senate confirmed the nomination on February 3, 1862.[2] Duryée was given command of a brigade in the division under General James B. Ricketts. He later fought in the Battle of Cedar MountainSecond Battle of Bull Run, and several others. At the Battle of Antietam, he succeeded Ricketts as division commander, when the latter replaced General Joseph Hooker as corps commander. He was not afraid to be in the thick of the action; he was wounded at Second Bull RunSouth Mountain, and Antietam.

After Antietam, Duryée went on a short leave of absence, and, when he returned, was disheartened to find his brigade under the command of Brig. Gen. John Gibbon, who was his junior by date of rank. He resigned on January 5, 1863, after the army rejected his claims to his old command. Despite this, on July 20, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Duryée for appointment to the brevet grade of major general of volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, and the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination on July 26, 1866.[3] He was also elected by the 71st New York Infantry Regiment as their colonel and as Brigadier General by the 4th New York Brigade, both of which he declined.

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