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Re: Louisiana Native Guards
In Response To: Re: Louisiana Native Guards ()
Earnest is right. 180 men from the 2nd La. left Ship Island on April 9th. for Pascagoula, under Col. N. Daniels. They had taken possession, and raised the American flag when they were attacked by 300 cavalry. While the 2nd La. fought well, capturing more than 20 prisoners, and suffering only 2 killed and five wounded, the gunboat Jackson, mistakenly thought the 2nd were being repulsed and sent a shell that killed four more men, and wounded five others.
The expedition, per Daniels, also changed the plans of the Confederates, who had been about to send a large force to Charleston. Instead, they sent men to reinforce Pascagoula.
Bennie is also right about the isolation of Ms. and La. If Port Hudson and Milliken's Bend had not been part of the vast news coverage of the Vicksburg siege, it is unlikely that the Black troops would have gotten the attention they did. The control of the Mississippi River was extremely important to both sides, so everything related to it was news. As it was, the newspapers were now full of the courage and valor of the troops at those battles, and was directly related to the attention suddenly given to the raising of Black regiments. Wagner, Honey Springs, and Baxter Springs all came after. By the time of those battles, the actions of Black regiments were under close scrutiny and correspondents took full advantage of the interest.