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In Response To: Re: GENERAL ORDERS No. 14. ()


The First Native Guard was enrolled as part of the militia of the State of Louisiana by Governor and Commander-in-Chief Thomas O. Moore on April 23, 1861.

On August 22, 1862 Major-General Benjamin F. Butler, Commander of the Headquarters Department of the Gulf, enlisted the unit in the volunteer service of the United States subject to the approval of the President of the United States.

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There is no record of any engagement by the Native Guards against any Union Army unit between April, 1861 and August, 1862. The Confederate Army apparently did not accept the unit, so how can one call it a CSA unit? As you know it was the first Black regiment to be mustered into the Union Army.

The 1st Louisiana Native Guard Infantry was redesignated the 1st Corps de Afrique Infantry, and April 4, 1864 the 73rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry.

You wrote:

"Since that point you saw thousands of individual free Blacks and Slaves serving as Soldiers. Some were Sharpshooters (known as snipers today), Infanrty, artillery, and Cavalry." My question to you: In what repositories are the records located?

I will discuss your ancestor John Jenkins and his Confederate service on a later post. So far I have not been able to locate his name on the rosters of the units listed on Jim Ball's post.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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