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eath, who by my appointment had succeeded Monroe, to organize the force anew, and take about one-half of its members from ex-Union soldiers who when discharged had settled in New Orleans. This action put an end to intimidation in the parish of Orleans; and now were put in operation in all sections the processes provided by the supplemental Reconstruction law for the summoning of a convention to form a Constitution preparatory to the readmission of the State, and I was full of hope that there versy over the Levee Commissioners, and the correspondence regarding the removal of Governor Wells, registration had gone on under the rules laid down for the boards. The date set for closing the books was the 30th of June, but in the parish of Orleans the time was extended till the 15th of July. This the President considered too short a period, and therefore directed the registry lists not to be closed before the 1st of August, unless there was some good reason to the contrary. This was pla
sh troops, the home guards fought well, but their enemies had the advantage of long service. The home guards were repulsed, with a loss of three wounded and twelve captured. The skirmish lasted about an hour. The encounter with the force from Mitchell convinced the rebels that their movements were known, and they beat a retreat in the direction of Salem, without attempting to enter Orleans. Shortly after the fight they met Mr. Williams, a respectable elderly gentleman, well known in Orleans County. Mr. Williams was riding a fine horse, which the rebels coveted. They ordered him to dismount and give up his horse, and on his refusal to do so he was shot through the head and left dead in the road. The Mitchell home guard rallied and attempted to pursue the retreating rebels; but as they were on foot their pursuit was of little avail. A full company of home cavalry from Crawford County, led by Major Woodbury, started from Leavenworth in pursuit as soon as he could muster his men.
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 13: the capture of New Orleans. (search)
should be silenced by the mortars. Failing in that, Farragut was to attempt to run by the forts. When this should be accomplished, he was to clear the river of the Confederate vessels and isolate the forts from their supplies and supports, when General Butler should land his troops in the rear of Fort St. Philip, the weaker fortification, and attempt to carry it by assault. If success should crown these efforts, the land and naval forces were to pass on toward New David D. Porter. Orleans in such manner as might seem best. For these purposes, the combined forces were ready for action at the middle of April. The Confederates had made the most ample provisions, as they thought, for the sure defense of New Orleans. The infamous General Twiggs, See page 265, volume I. whom the Louisiana insurgents had called to their command, had been superseded by Mansfield Lovell, formerly a politician and office-holder in the City of New York. He was assisted by General Ruggles, a ma
officer of the European Brigade, prescribed more than a year ago in Les reglements de la Legion Francaise, formee à la Nouvelle Orleans, le 26d'avril, 1861, as will be seen by the extract below, and claimed as an act of the strictest neutrality by the officers taking it, and, for more than a year, has passed by all the foreign consuls — so far as he is informed — without protest:-- Serment que doivent preter tous les officiers de la Legion Francaise. State of Louisiana, parish of Orleans. I,. . . . . . . . . . . ., do solemnly swear that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duties of . . . . . . . . . . of the French Legion, and that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution of the State and of the Confederate States. So help me God! Sworn to and subscribed before me. [Traduction.] Etat De La Louisiane, Paroisse D'Orleans. Je, . . . . . . . . . . . ., jure solennellement de remplir, autant qu'il sera en moi, les devoirs de . . . . . .
hich the court was constituted. To this the military and naval force at the command of the President was pledged. With this understood, nothing like resistance or a hesitation to obey was ever for a moment experienced. When the commission of this court was first presented to the bar, the all-embracing comprehonsiveness of its jurisdiction, as to the cases and questions which it was authorized to entertain, and the omnipotence of its judgments, terminating without appeal the rights of the parties in all cases, attracted attention and remark. No serious objection was made to it, however, and soon after it went into operation, the readiness with which it was filled with business of the first magnitude, a great part of which was equally cognizable by other courts then in operation in the parish of Orleans, showed that litigants and the bar were on the whole not at all disposed to shun, but rather were disposed to seek this court, anomalous as it was in its jurisdiction and powers.
f three new courts, with the jurisdiction and powers pertaining to the courts that previously bore their names, by a military officer representing the Executive of the United States. These were the only courts within the territory of the state held by the United States forces which claimed to have civil jurisdiction. But this jurisdiction was limited to citizens of the parish of Orleans as against defendants residing in the state. As to other residents of the state, outside the parish of Orleans, there was no court in which they could be sued. In this condition several parishes were held by the United States forces. It was therefore necessary to take another step in order to enable the military power to administer civil affairs. This involved, as every reader must perceive, a complete subversion of the fundamental principles of social organization. According to this advanced step, the military power, instituted by an organization of its own, creates for itself a new nature, f
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Emancipation proclamations. (search)
Fac-simile of the emancipation proclamation Fac-simile of the emancipation proclamation Fac-simile of the emancipation proclamation as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James, Ascension, Assumption, Terre Bonne, Lafourche, Ste. Marie, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Anne and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued. And by virtue of the power and for the purpose afo
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Walker, Alexander 1819-1893 (search)
Walker, Alexander 1819-1893 Journalist; born in Fredericksburg, Va., Oct. 13, 1819; graduated at the law department of the University of Virginia; settled in New Orleans, La., where he established a law practice and engaged in journalism; was editor at different times of the Louisiana Democracy, the Delta, the Times, the Picayune, and the Herald. His publications include Jackson and New Orleans; Life of Andrew Jackson; History of the battle of Shiloh; Duelling in Louisiana; The story of the plague, a history of the yellow fever epidemic of 1852, etc. He died in Fort Scott, Ark., Jan. 24, 1893.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), White League. (search)
estigation has been made, and the civil authorities in all but a few cases have been unable to arrest, convict, and punish perpetrators. Consequently, there are no correct records to be consulted for information. There is ample evidence, however, to show that more than 1,200 persons have been killed and wounded during this time, on account of their political sentiments. Frightful massacres have occurred in the parishes of Bossier, Caddo, Catahoula, Saint Bernard, Saint Landry, Grant, and Orleans. The general character of the massacres in the abovenamed parishes is so well known that it is unnecessary to describe them. The isolated cases can best be illustrated by the following instances which I have taken from a mass of evidence now lying before me of men killed on account of their political principles. In Natchitoches parish the number of isolated cases reported is thirty-three. In the parish of Bienville the number of men killed is thirty. In Red River parish the number of is
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, United States--Regular Army. (search)
eptember 4-12. Western Louisiana ( Teche ) Campaign October 3-November 17. At New Iberia till December. Moved to New Orleans and duty there till March, 1864. Red River Campaign. Moved to Alexandria on Red River March 30-April 3, and duty there till May 13. Retreat to Morganza May 13-22, with Lucas' Cavalry Brigade, Marksville May 15. Avoyelle's Prairie, Mansura, May 16. At Morganza till June. Expedition from Morganza to the Atchafalaya May 30-June 5. Moved to New Orleans, thence to New York July 27-August 3, and to Washington, D. C., August 5. Duty in the Defenses of that city till October, 1865. Moved to Fort Trumball, Conn. Battery G 1st United States Artillery Stationed at Fort Pickens, Florida, January to May, 1861. Moved to Fort Hamilton, N. Y. Harbor, May 13-26, thence to Washington, D. C., July 8. At Arlington Heights, Va., till July 16. Attached to Richardson's Brigade, Tyler's Division, McDowell's Army Northeast Virginia, to Au
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