New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ephraim Ellsworth and the New York Fire Zouaves
raised in memory of the
valorious young patriot,
Ephraim Elmer Ellsworth
Born 1837 - Died 1861
and his Fire Zouaves whose
members enlisted in 1861 for
military service in The War
Between the States.
Colonel Ellsworth was the first
man of his rank to be killed.
Staff erected by Greenwich
Village Historical Society; Marker supplied by
State of New York and City of New York
June 14, 1938
Erected 1938 by State of New York, City of New York.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
Location. 40° 44.02′ N, 74° 0.111′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Memorial is at the intersection of Grove Street and Christopher Street on Grove Street. The marker is within the boundaries of Christopher Park/Stonewall National Monument, but outside the fence, at the very easternmost point. Or in other words, this marker is accessible from the street, but Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alex Haley (1921-1992) (a few steps from this marker); Stonewall Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Stonewall Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); General Philip Henry Sheridan (within shouting distance of this marker); Northern Dispensary (within shouting distance of this marker); Gay Liberation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Lambert Suydam House & Suydam Row (within shouting distance of this marker); 27 Christopher Street (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. 11th Infantry Regiment (New York State Military Museum). This regiment, Col. E. Elmer Ellsworth, was recruited and organized in New York city, accepted by the State April 20, 1861, and mustered in the service of the United States, at Washington, D. C, for two years, May 7, 1861. It was composed of members of the fire department of New York city, and left the State April 29, 1861. It served at Washington, D. C., from May 2, 1861; at and near Alexandria, Va., and in General Willcox's Brigade, from May 23, 1861; in the 2d Brigade, 2d Division, Army of Northeastern (Submitted on October 15, 2016.)
2. The Death of Colonel Ellsworth (Smithsonian Magazine, April 2011). On May 24, 1861, the day after Virginia voters ratified the state convention’s decision to secede from the Union, Ellsworth and his troops entered Alexandria, Virginia, to assist in the occupation of the city. As it happened, an 8- by 14-foot Confederate flag—large enough to be seen by spyglass from the White House—had been visible in Alexandria for weeks, flown from the roof of an inn, the Marshall House. The regiment, organized only six weeks earlier, encountered no resistance as it moved through the city. Barber notes, however, that “the Zouaves were an unruly bunch, spoiling for a fight, and when they got into Alexandria they may have felt they were already in the thick of it. So (Submitted on October 15, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4. submitted on September 7, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on October 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.