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Lieutenant Colonel George Betts 9th New York Infantry “Hawkin’s Zouaves”

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Item No. CV3976SV Category


Superb and flawless view of Lieutenant Colonel George Frederic Betts of the famed “Hawkin’s Zouaves”, otherwise known as the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry. Prior to enlisting for the war effort, George would serve in the New York National guard from 1852 through 1861. Just days after the firing on Fort Sumter, and during the patriotic fervor that gripped the nation, Betts would be commissioned lieutenant colonel of the regiment on May 4, 1861. He would serve with the regiment through Virginia and North Carolina but would resign his commission following the Battle of Roanoke Island in February, 1862. Following his return to New York,  he opened a law practice with firm of Cutting, Owen, and Betts, and also was employed as a United States Commissioner in New York. He was active in many other organizations as well being a Trustee of the New York Institute of the Deaf and Dumb, a member of the New York Historical Society, and the Five Points House of Industry, in 1893 he joined the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and was a member of the Hawkins Zouaves Association. Colonel Betts died at his home at 102 Madison Avenue in New York City, New York, on January 18th, 1898, at the age of 70, and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, Bronx County, New York. This view is absolutely pristine! Betts is shown here dressed in his Zouave inspired officers uniform and holding his cap in his hand. The numeral “9” is plainly visible on the front of the cap. This image is a 10 out of 10! Back marked by Anthony.

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