miners, 276; engineers, 212; signal corps, 76; the New Orleans State Guards, 4,933; grand total, 55,820.
It would be unjust to conclude this work without some mention of those two arms of service which did as much for the Confederacy
as the men who fought.
Not a word has been given to that noble body of God's men who were of the army, though not in its ranks.
Exposed to the viciousness of bullets, yet never once their object, the priests and ministers of religion should not be left out of any picture of our civil war. Need we write here the name of Fathers Darius Hubert
; of that prayerful giant, Rev. B. M. Palmer
; of the beloved Markham
, Purser, Bakewell
, and a long and shining line of others?
To speak of Confederate battlefields is to invoke their presence.
Their spirits haunt them all to bless them, and to sanctify the ground once given up entire to slaughter.
Our women were the unmustered militia of the State
On no roster did eyes see their names for war service; yet never did war's roster contain names of those who would have done more for the cause and its demands.
Brave as their brothers they stood forward, cheering them, and in a hundred sweet ways keeping their enthusiasm at boiling point.
They did not ‘go out to the war,’ but without them the army would surely have been without many of its heroes.
Could it have become necessary that upon one man depended the performance of Confederate duty, be sure that a Flora McIvor
would not have been found wanting in Louisiana
Bred in luxury, reared in refinement, circumstances as a rule called out the more womanly forms of courage.
Yet in many of our Louisiana
girls, city-bred and country-born alike, lay, undetected under their charm, the strong, patriotic purpose of a Helen McGregor
When war raised a loud cry for need, Beauregard
was calling upon his sisters who spoke French and his other sisters who spoke English to send him metal for his guns.