In Casemate No. 2, Union Prisoners, Castle
Among the Union prisoners taken at the first battle of Bull
Run and transferred to Castle Pinckney, besides the Seventy-ninth New York
(Scotch) Regiment, the Sixty-ninth New York (Irish) Regiment, and the Eighth
Michigan Infantry, were some of the Eleventh Fire Zouaves, recruited from the
New York Fire Department. These prisoners were an extremely intelligent lot of
men, and adapted themselves to the situation. They willingly performed police
duty. Their casemates were kept in excellent condition. They shared the same
fare as their guards, and taught them the army method of softening "hard-tack"
so that they could eat it with less violent exercise of their jaws and danger to
their molars. The Charleston Zouave Cadets was a company of very young men,
residents of Charleston, full of patriotic ardor and well disciplined. The State
of South Carolina seceded from the Union at three o'clock in the afternoon of
December 20, 1860, and at four o'clock the young company was on duty. Their
uniform was gray with a red stripe and trimmings, red fatigue-caps, and white
cross-belts. Later in the war they saw service at the front.