First Louisiana Native Guards, 1863


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Image Reference
HW1863b

Source
Harper's Weekly (February 28, 1863), Vol. 7, p. 133. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Captioned "Our colored troops at work," shows contingent of the First Louisiana Native Guards disembarking at Fort Macombe, Louisiana, and is based on a sketch by Harper's "Special Artist." The 1st Louisiana Native Guards, formed in April 1861 of free people of color, was accepted as part of the Louisiana militia, but went over to the Union side in 1862. For details, see James G. Hollandsworth, The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience During the Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 1995). See also image HW1863a