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Re: Reference : Port Hudson, La. massacre

The Black units that fought at the battle of Port Hudson, were not called the "Colored Volunteers". They were the 1st and 3rd Regiments of the Louisiana Native Guards. These regiments fought bravely and hard and were not actually defeated on the field of battle,(though the battle itself was lost by federal forces). Rebel forces held superior ground to which end the Black regiments and additional federal forces could not prevail. They withdrew from the field in good order having to leave the dead and dying in full view of the rebel positions. A truce was called in order that the troops might retrieve thier brave comrades. The confederate forces would not honor it and the wounded therefor died where they fell and the dead rotted in the heat of the day. Eventually, federal forces were able to retrieve the bodies of thier comrades. The brave and most admired Captain Andre Cailloux fell on this field of battle. Cailloux was one of the first Black hero's of the Civil War. It is said that his funeral was one of the largest of kind in the city of New Orleans.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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