115.--review at New Orleans.
At 5 o'clock in the morning, in every quarter of the city, could be seen artillery, cavalry and infantry soldiers, all ready for some active duty.
At 10 o'clock the grand review took place on Canal street. The line of the review was nearly a mile in length, reaching from the levee to Rampart street. Some three or four thousand of our city soldiers made up the long and crowded lines, their uniforms of varying colors, and their burnished bayonets and accoutrements, their flags, giving them a gay and most imposing appearance.
Outside of the space cleared for the review the crowd was perfectly compact.
Through the courtesy of the store-keepers, ladies had admission to their windows and verandahs.
The street was never, on any occasion, more greatly crowded or more splendidly embellished by the presence of the soldiers and the fair sex.
Gen. James Trudeau
, whose staff was a prominent feature before the multitude — this being its first parade — was composed of Brigade Inspector, Maj. Alex. Trudeau
; First Aid-de-Camp, Capt. Jas. R. Currell
, Capt. Geo. Eustis
; Quartermaster, Capt. Phil. Buchanan
; Assistant Aids, Captains Conrad
, and Forstall
This legion consists principally of the Orleans battalion of Artillery, the Chasseurs-a-Pied, the Orleans Guard battalion, the Esplanade Guards
, the Louisiana Cadets
, the Garibaldi Rifles
, and the German and other companies.
's brigade, the right resting on Camp street, was composed of a squadron (two companies) of cavalry, a battalion of artillery, and two regiments of infantry; the Plaquemine Rangers
, a new company, and fine body of men, Capt. Villere
commanding; the Jefferson
Light Guards, Capt. Guy Dreux
; the battalion of Washington Artillery, with eight field-pieces under detachments as light artillery, their legitimate service, and four companies as infantry.
The artillery detachments of the Washington Artillery were under the command of Capt. Harry Isaacson
, and the infantry companies under Capt. Voorhies
--all under command of Major J. B. Walton
The Continental Guards, Louisiana Grays
, Chalmette Guards, Calhoun Guards, Sarsfield Rifles, De Soto Rifles, Delta Rifles, Southern Cadets, Second Company of Orleans Cadets, Bienville Rifles, and other companies, constituted the infantry of this brigade.
The Bienville Guards, Bienville Rifles, and a splendid looking body of men from Algiers
, (whose title we did not learn,) appeared in citizen's dress, their uniforms being not yet ready, though they had their guns, and they were none the less admirable for want of their uniforms.
The Orleans Artillery battalion had eight brass pieces, each piece attended by a detachment, and the rest of the battalion marching as infantry.
These and the Orleans Guard battallion, were the largest and the most splendid feature of the turn-out.
The Orleans Guard turned out no less than 527 muskets.
These troops, together with numerous others, whose titles we did not obtain, all numbering
about 4,000, forming into line, the right to the river and the left on Rampart street, the review took place.
, Governor Thomas O. Moore
, attended by Major-General John L. Lewis
and the usual full cortege of staff officers, rode past and inspected the long line, the companies presenting arms, the bands playing and the colors unfurled, as they passed; many persons amid the dense throng of spectators cheering the Governor
as he passed, he appearing in his simple dress of a planter.
The review over, the brigades formed in procession and marched around Canal street, up town to Julia street, and as far down as Esplanade street. The immense multitude on Canal street dispersed, and divisions of the multitude flocked to meet the procession and get a nearer view of it as it wound its way through the city.
Between 2 and 3 o'clock the march ended, and the companies separated and proceeded to their respective armories.
A more glorious day was seldom seen any-where, the enthusiastic desire being so great to witness and participate in this pageantry.--N. O. Delta
, April 80.