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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (E)
Ellsworth, Colonel Elmer


A young Chicago clerk, Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth organized a company of Zouaves for the Union Army at the beginning of the Civil War.  Zouaves were troops known for their exotic Algerian-inspired costumes and flamboyant drill.  They performed at the White House in 1860.  In May 1861 his New York Zouave regiment helped to take Alexandria, Virginia, where he was killed in a dispute over removal of the Confederate flag.  He was a friend and election aide of Abraham Lincoln and the first prominent Union casualty of the war.

Though young, Elmer became 'like a son' to President Lincoln who was so greatly upset at the death of the young man that an elaborate funeral was held for Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth in the White House.

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