Flag: 73rd N.Y.Vet. Vol. 2nd N.Y. Fire Zouaves
Overall: 14 7/8 x 23 in. ( 37.8 x 58.4 cm )
printed: in center: "73rd N.Y.Vet. Vol. 2nd N.Y. Fire Zouaves"
Cotton lithographed U.S. regimental flag with forty-eight stars in the blue printed canton (six rows of eight stars staggered); thirteen red and white stripes with the black printed inscription, "73rd N.Y.Vet. Vol. 2nd N.Y. Fire Zouaves" on the center stripes.
The 73rd New York Volunteers, 2nd New York Fire Zouaves were a militia company that was formed from the New York volunteer fire department during the Civil War. Target companies in New York City were first formed by volunteer firemen in the 1830's who were devoted to target practice. When the War began, these companies did not enlist en masse, but contributed most of their men to the Fire Zouaves and other regiments. They were involved both with inciting and resolving the Draft Riots of 1863.
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