Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

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Like many young men in the North following the fall of Fort Sumter, Charles S. Hopkins eagerly joined the Union army. On April 25, 1861, the nineteen-year-old merchant seaman enlisted as a private in Company B of the 5th New York Volunteer Infantry. The regiment was nicknamed Duryée's Zouaves for its first commander, Col. Abram Duryée, and its distinctive uniforms, which were modeled after the French zouaves of the Crimean War. Hopkins and the others in his unit proudly donned their new uniforms and made their way to Fort Monroe on the tip of the Virginia Peninsula in late May. The 5th New York fought in the battle of Big Bethel on June 10 before moving to Washington in July. There it joined the newly forming Army of the Potomac. The regiment returned to the Peninsula in early April of 1862 to take part in the grand campaign designed to capture Richmond. For Pvt. Charles Hopkins, however, the war came to an abrupt end. On April 28, the young soldier died at Chesapeake General Hospital from typhoid pneumonia. …

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