city, and in a reign of order is commanded by the mayor; but the intruders have usurped the mayor's authority, driven White
men out of the service, and filled up the ranks with tall and burly Negroes.
In the hands of Badger
this police is nothing but a black praetorian guard.
's presence at the State House
occupied Canal Street, a strong position, sweeping the main thoroughfares, connecting the quays with the lake, and dividing the French
quarter, in which St. Louis Street lies, from the English
quarter, in which the White
citizens mostly live.
He had three guns in position, one Gatling
and two Napoleons, and two hundred of his Black Regiment stood under arms round the statue of Henry Clay
By twos and threes the unarmed citizens passed Canal Street towards the State House
, and at two o'clock seventeen hundred of these unarmed citizens occupied the sidewalks of Poydrass Street and the adjacent avenues
“ Fall in!”
The citizens seemed to know their duties.
Companies and battalions were formed.