--The New Orleans Delta pays the following tribute to the memory of Col. Charles D. Dreux
, who was killed in a skirmish near Newport News:
No young officer left this State for the scene of war with brighter promise of distinction-- not one left behind a larger circle of loving and admiring friends than Col. Dreux
He was the idol of his command, composed as it was of the sons of our first citizens, nearly all native Louisianians, and young men of the loftiest sentiments of honor and chivalry.
Of an ancient Creole French
family, born in this city, educated at the Military Institute in Kentucky
, endowed with talents of the highest order, and with a heart overflowing with generous feelings and aspirations, and with all the qualities for command, Col. Dreux
, though a very young man, was admirably adapted to lead our youth in perilous enterprises.
His fine presence, quick eye, admirable self-possession and dauntless bearing, supported by his other high military and moral qualities, enabled him to control and direct this fine body of Louisiana
youths, with the control, power and precision of veteran troops.
As captain of the Orleans' Cadets, the first volunteer company in this city to offer their services to the war, Capt. Dreux
no sooner appeared on the field of active service, at Pensacola
, than the eyes of his commanders and superior officers were fixed upon him, as an officer who was destined to achieve high distinction and renown in his profession, and who could be safely trusted to conduct the most important military movements.
When the battalion of volunteers was ordered to Virginia
, Capt. Dreux
as Senior Captain
, became Lieut. Colonel
, a promotion afterwards satisfied by the votes of the officers of the battalion.