The cavalry was declined as too costly to support, and Captain Waggaman was compelled to return and so declare to his men. But he was determined.
He asked the company to fight on foot, but not one man complied.
Coming to New Orleans he enlisted as a private in the 10th Louisiana Regiment, commanded by his cousin, Colonel Mandeville Marigny.
Before the regiment left he became captain of the Tirailleurs d'orleans, a company composed in large measure of foreigners—Greeks, Italians, Indians, Spaniards, and representatives of all the southern European nations.
To drilling and molding this strange mass he devoted himself with telling effect, and to the end they were amongst the most loyal to the cause.
The 10th Louisiana went to Virginia and shared in all the battles of the retreat.
Promotion was rapid in the regiment, where, out of the forty officers allowed it at one time, thirty-one were killed or wounded.
So not many months of active service had been seen by the regime