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ease. On parade Here a Confederate photographer has caught the Orleans Cadets, Company A, parading before their encampment at Big Bayou, near Pensacola, Florida, April 21, 1861. This was the first volunteer company mustered into service from the State of Louisiana. The Cadets had enlisted on April 11, 1861. Although their uniforms are not such as to make a brilliant display, it was with pride and confidence for the future that their commander, Captain (afterwards Lieut. Colonel) Charles D. Dreux, watched their maneuvers on this spring day, little dreaming that in less than three months he would fall in battle, the first but one among army officers to offer up his life for the Southern cause. The hopes now beating high in the hearts of both officers and men were all to be realized in deeds of bravery but only at further cost of human life here seen at its flood tide. was mainly done by the army; the conditions which permitted it to be effectively done were mainly established b
was also assigned to duty with Colonel McLaws, and Colonel August's station was changed to King's mill or Grove landing. About midnight of July 4th, Lieut.-Col. Charles D. Dreux, of the First Louisiana battalion, led a detachment of 500 infantry, 1 howitzer and about 15 or 20 cavalry, in an advance in the direction of Newport Nd been given to the men not to fire until ordered, some shots were exchanged between the videttes and some of the men concealed on the left, and the enemy, and Colonel Dreux was mortally wounded. Capt. S. W. Fisk, of the Louisiana battalion, succeeding to the command, ordered his men to wheel into line; but in the meantime the eneamp. Colonel Magruder reported that he had himself gone, the morning before, with a larger force to the York road, as the enemy had crossed Hampton creek, leaving Dreux in command, who organized this expedition after he left. He ascertained that the enemy's force which fled was about 400, and that a war steamer came up after the
the Pelican flag Washington's birthday. Before the convention met, promise came of sterner work. On the afternoon of January 9th Brig.-Gen. E. L. Tracy, commanding the First brigade, called his captains together. At 8 p. m. Captains Walton, Dreux, and Meilleur, answering to the call, assembled their troops fully equipped. The men were excited; what was it? The news was soon everybody's. The Federal posts in Louisiana were to be captured. Of these, there were the arsenal at Baton Rouge;d for Baton Rouge, was composed of the following commands: The Crescent Rifles, Lieut. N. A. Metcalf, 49 men; Washington Artillery, Lieut.-Col. Voorhees, 56 men; Second company Chasseurs-a-pied, Maj. Bernard Avegno, 36 men; Orleans Cadets, Capt. Chas. D. Dreux, 39 men; Louisiana Guards, Capt. S. M. Todd, 41 men, Lieutenant Girardey commanding; Sarsfield Guards, Captain O'Hara, 16 men; Louisiana Grays, Capt W. C. Deane, 13 men. Total, 250. January 10th, the following companies, joking at thei
ianians at Pensacola the Louisiana battalion death of Colonel Dreux life at the Confederate capital. Fort Sumter surre Rifles, formed a battalion under the command of Lieut.-Col. Chas. D. Dreux. This officer was the first Louisianian of notenounced the approach of a body of cavalry, 100 strong. Colonel Dreux's orders were that his men should closely conceal their. * * * In a few moments, after sending out the scouts, Colonel Dreux said, they are coming —addressing me. Notwithstanding CColonel Dreux's positive order not to fire, one or two shots having been exchanged between the scouts and the enemy several megan also to fire. Very soon after I was informed that Colonel Dreux was wounded. This was about an hour after daybreak. * port the death of our gallant and able commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Dreux, and of Private Stephen Hackett, of the ShreveporS. W. Fisk, Captain, commanding Crescent Rifles. Charles D. Dreux, so early killed in the war, was mourned in the city
e artillery fire that had shattered Chalmers, and musketry from both flanks, and after an hour's noble struggle was compelled to give way. The whole Federal army was packed in columns behind the position Adams was sent to attack in front. It was here that Col. Stuart W. Fisk, of the consolidated Sixteenth, was killed while bravely leading a desperate charge. Colonel Fisk had gone out in the Crescent Rifles—the first command to leave the city, May 15, 1861—and had been on the Peninsula with Dreux‘ battalion. His death was a serious blow to our Louisiana contingent in Tennessee. He was a gallant officer, who in danger possessed that coolness which, while it attracts peril, minimizes it. Devoted to his men, he was by them fully trusted and deeply regretted. The loss was very heavy. Fisk's regiment had 457 men, and 217 were put hors de combat. Among the killed of the brigade were Lieuts. Charles J. Hepburn, R. O. Smith, H. Gregory, A. Ranlett, and T. L. McLean, and among the wounde<
Death of Col. Dreux. One of the most lamentable casualties of the many skirmishes with the enemy since the war, was the death of Col. Charles D. Dreux, of the Louisiana Cadets, in an encounter wCol. Charles D. Dreux, of the Louisiana Cadets, in an encounter with a body of Federalists near Newport News, an account of which will be found in our paper this morning. The event was a sad one for his comrades, and the whole army of the peninsula sympathized with them. Col. Dreux was not thirty years old; but had become distinguished at home for his genius and attainments, and was warmly esteemed for the admirable qualities of his heart. By profession a lmonths.--After being joined by several other companies, the Cadets were ordered to Virginia. Capt. Dreux being the senior Captain, was made Lieutenant Colonel. After sojourning awhile in Richmond, d to Yorktown, where they had been only a few weeks previous to the death of the Colonel. Col. Dreux was a member of one of the oldest Creole families in New Orleans. As a lawyer he had acquired
he enemy were killed, but the number of course is unknown to our men. We regret to hear that on our side there were two killed, and one of these was Col. De Russy, of the Louisiana Regiment. Col. De R. was widely known in Virginia, and his death will be universally lamented. We find the above in the Petersburg Express, but there is certainly a mistake in the report of Col. De Russy. That officer, we understand, was in Richmond on Wednesday and left for Yorktown on Thursday. That there was such a skirmish, we believe, as the same account has reached us, with the exception that another gallant Louisiana Colonel was killed. That officer was the chivalrous Col. Charles D. Dreux, of the Louisiana Battalion. His body was brought to this city on Saturday and forwarded under an escort to New Orleans. The want of a telegraph line hence to Yorktown is much to be regretted, as the suspense in cases of this kind is extremely painful to the friends of those rumored to have been killed.
The skirmish near Newport News. Various reports have reached us in regard to the skirmish near Newport News, on Thursday night, in which the gallant Col. Dreux, of the Louisiana Battalion, lost his life. The most reliable is that Col. D., with a small party, was fired upon from an ambuscade, this officer falling at the first fire. Our informant states that some of the enemy were slain, but the number is not known. Our loss is put down at two, Col. Dreux and a gentleman named Hackett, frer falling at the first fire. Our informant states that some of the enemy were slain, but the number is not known. Our loss is put down at two, Col. Dreux and a gentleman named Hackett, from Shreveport, La. The letter of our correspondent, appended, states that the Nottoway Cavalry were engaged, while another account says that it was the Halifax Cavalry; and the sudden dash of their horses startled the horses of the Howitzers — the gun of the latter being thus detached from its caisson.
ccinctly as I can, and almost verbatim, the truth of the story, as received from his lips, which is as follows: Colonel Dreux, of Louisiana, left his entrenchments at Young's Mill on yesterday afternoon with a company of Cadets, one hundred st when a fire from an ambuscade of the enemy was opened on his front and rear, at the first of which the gallant and noble Dreux fell, pierced by the balls of the mercenary foe. His men, not aware of the disaster, awaited his orders for a charge, wheack, the ground being uneven and exceedingly disadvantageous to the movements of the horses. As soon as the death of Colonel Dreux was ascertained, Captain Collins immediately assumed the command, and recovered the body. The only serious results of the affair were the death of Colonel Dreux and the wounding of one of our men accidentally by one of his fellow-soldiers. Captain Collins, with the men under his command, fell back in good order. It was impossible, from the thickly wooded region
The late Col. Dreux. --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: 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 th 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 perilousthe 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 eylitary movements. When the battalion of volunteers was ordered to Virginia, Capt. Dreux as Senior Captain, became Lieut. Colonel, a promotion afterwards satisfied b
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