he could not do so until he had formally resigned his commission in the United States service.
This he did that day, and then joined, as a private, the battalion of Orleans Guards, composed of the élite of the Creole population of the city of New Orleans.
This command had just been organized by Colonel Numa Augustin, than whom no better citizen soldier was known, in the volunteer service of the State.
The excitement and enthusiasm of the people of Louisiana and of New Orleans, especially, e might be away for two or three weeks at the utmost—he was absent more than four years. The hope of Major Beauregard was, that he might be permanently stationed in Louisiana, with all the sea-coast of which, and the approaches to the city of New Orleans, he was known to be so thoroughly familiar; irrespective of his very natural wish to be able, in case of need, to fight in and for his native State.
It must be admitted, however, that, just at that time, few persons in either section of the