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Protection against the “Jayhawkers” of Louisiana The lookout tower in the midst of this Federal cavalry Camp in the northwest part of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a compliment to the “jayhawkers” --soldiers not affiliated with any command — and nondescript guerilla bands which infested this region along the banks of the Mississippi. Here the land is so level that lookout towers were built wherever a command stopped for more than a few hours. The soldiers found it safer also to clear away the brush and obstructing trees for several hundred yards on all sides of their camps, in order to prevent the roving Confederate sharpshooters from creeping up and picking off a sentry, or having a shot at an officer. The guerilla bands along the Mississippi even had some pieces of ordnance, and used to amuse themselves by dropping shells on the Union “tin-clad” gunboats from lofty and distant bluffs.

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