ps had been formed under the name of the First regiment of light infantry. Ten days before the first company had completed its organization, under Capt. J. A. Jacquess, the second company was forming.
In a short time the entire battalion was on the street with full ranks.
With suddenness which amazed all beholders New Orleans had turned into a garrison town.
In the Second district appeared the Orleans Guards,
The Orleans Guards may boast that, among its privates in 1861, one was G. T. Beauregard. organized by the old members of the company bearing that name, once famous among that militia of which New Orleans has always been deservedly proud.
With this new call upon the name, with the hope of active service in the near future, the lists were rapidly filled.
Three companies were ready together.
The battalion was composed, as always, of the élite of the old Creole population, thus officered:
First company, Capt. O. Labatut.
Second company, Capt. Chas. Roman.
tles of Wilson's Creek, Belmont and Shiloh
Beauregard in command
succeeded by Bragg
Battles of I force had been brought together through General Beauregard's feverish energy.
In its composition iere passing Shiloh church, the Crescents saw Beauregard standing on a log by the side of the road.
Seeing them, Beauregard, with ringing tone, cried out: Louisianians, drive them into the Tennessee.
ord, so eagerly expected, had not yet come.
Beauregard had charged them to drive the enemy into the Tennessee; Beauregard remained ominously silent.
A shot shrieked its noisy way across the wood wh advance upon the enemy and to drive him, as Beauregard had said, into the Tennessee; and on the wayr augmenting odds.
It was compelled—through Beauregard's resolve to check as long as possible his o the Confederates.
Fall back fighting!
was Beauregard's order on that Monday, April 7th; and his aated from Halleck and Buell.
This furnished Beauregard with a plan.
He quickly resolved, by an att