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The FReeper Foxhole Remembers The Siege of Port Hudson - 1863 - Feb. 18th, 2003
http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/71hudson/71hudson.htm ^

Posted on 02/18/2003 5:34:30 AM PST by SAMWolf

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To: sistergoldenhair
You're welcome, sistergoldenhair. Thanks for dropping by this evening.
51 posted on 02/18/2003 6:59:29 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: sistergoldenhair
I do too Sister. Nice to see you today.
52 posted on 02/18/2003 7:31:11 PM PST by Jen (VetsCoR - THE Forum for Vets, future Vets and anybody who loves 'em!)
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To: SAMWolf; AntiJen; MistyCA; souris; SpookBrat; All
On the morning of May 27, 1863, under Maj. Gen. Banks, the Union army launched ferocious assaults against the lengthy Confederate fortifications. Among the attackers were two regiments of African-American soldiers, the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards.

THE NATIVE GUARDS' BLACK OFFICERS

During the Civil War, more than 125,000 men served as commissioned officers in the volunteer army of the United States. One hundred and eleven of these men were black, ninety of whom served in combat units. Of these combat officers, almost all served in the Louisiana Native Guards. The story of black officers in the Union Army during the Civil War is therefore the saga of the seventy-six men who held commissions in the Native Guards.

53 posted on 02/18/2003 7:43:50 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Evening Victoria, Thanks for the background on the LA. Native Guards.



The Corps d'Afrique at Port Hudson.

The 1st Regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards was sworn into service on September 27, 1862. The 2nd and 3rd Regiments were organized during October and November, respectively.

Actually, the Native Guards were not the first black soliders to volunteer. Major General David Hunter had raised a regiment of black men at Hilton Head, South Carolina, during the spring of 1862, but it was not formally recognized as part of the Union Army. Hunter disbanded the unit on August 9, two weeks prior to Benjamin F. Butler's call for black recruits in New Orleans. Although Secretary of War Edwin Stanton finally authorized Hunter's enlistment of black troops, the 1st South Carolina Volunteers did not complete their reorganization until January 31, 1863. Consequently, the Native Guards were the first black soldiers to be officially mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War.

It should also be noted that Senator Jim Lane began recruiting the 1st Regiment of Kansas Colored Volunteers in August 1862. Although this unit engaged in combat as early as October, it was not mustered into federal service until January 13, 1863, making it the fourth black regiment to enter the United States Army. The famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry did not complete its organization until May 13, 1863, almost eight months after the 1st Regiment of the Native Guards was sworn into service. Finally, a "Black Brigade" was organized in September 1862 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to construct fortifications. However, the three regiments in this brigade were not armed, nor were they given uniforms, and when the threat of a Confederate invasion ended, they were disbanded.

54 posted on 02/18/2003 8:01:14 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
Evening Sam. How you doing?
55 posted on 02/18/2003 8:09:36 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Keeping busy. You get snowed in?
56 posted on 02/18/2003 8:13:22 PM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: Victoria Delsoul; SAMWolf
"Louisiana" Native Guards on the side of the Union/Federals/North? Gee, I didn't know that.
57 posted on 02/18/2003 9:31:15 PM PST by Jen (VetsCoR - THE Forum for Vets, future Vets and anybody who loves 'em!)
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To: comwatch; facedown
I'm looking specifically for folks in the Chicago area who might consider a role in this project, who have participated or support our Support our Troop and Commander in Chief demonstrations.

Facedown, I see you are in IL. Are you in the Chicago area? Can you help Comwatch with his request in his post, or ping FReepers who can? Is there a Chicago area FR Chapter?

Comwatch, you may want to post a message about this on the IL board.

58 posted on 02/18/2003 9:35:55 PM PST by Jen (VetsCoR - THE Forum for Vets, future Vets and anybody who loves 'em!)
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To: comwatch
They other camp shoved signs in our face reading "BETTER KILL AMERICAN TROOPS THAN INNOCENT IRAQI CHILDREN" and "ASSASSINATE BUSH".

#$(!*!^% +*^$#@^#~%& %#!?<)*&*^ %#@!?*

59 posted on 02/18/2003 9:42:22 PM PST by Jen (Self-censored, or I'd be banned)
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To: SAMWolf; All
Good night Foxholers. I gotta get up early (before noon) tomorrow and go to the grocery store which I 'love' to do. NOT!

I think I'll pick up some Frog legs and Freedom Fries for our Foxhole dinner tomorrow.
60 posted on 02/18/2003 10:44:31 PM PST by Jen (FALL IN to the FReeper Foxhole! (VetsCoR Forum))
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To: AntiJen; SAMWolf; E.G.C.; MistyCA; CholeraJoe; All
No BTTT!!!!! for us today? ;-)

It's late, and I wasn't able to read much futher then right here, but it was a great post. By all means this is for all of you here in the FReeper Foxhole.

BTTT!!!!!

61 posted on 02/18/2003 11:20:06 PM PST by The Real Deal
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To: AntiJen
Comwatch, you may want to post a message about this on the IL board.

Thanks for the suggestion. I curious what Ross will list as his film credits. I don't want to steer someone to a liberal media monster. Benefit of the doubt for now.

62 posted on 02/18/2003 11:34:38 PM PST by comwatch
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To: The Real Deal
BTTT!!!!!
63 posted on 02/19/2003 3:03:29 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: PhilDragoo
BTTT!!!!!
64 posted on 02/19/2003 3:04:28 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: AntiJen; comwatch; RedWing9; SJackson; Chi-townChief; SAMWolf
Is there a Chicago area FR Chapter?

Pinging Chicagoland FR Chapter and Illinois ping lists.

I'm looking specifically for folks in the Chicago area who might consider a role in this project, who have participated or support our Support our Troop and Commander in Chief demonstrations.

Original request in the Freeper Foxhole.

See next reply as well.

65 posted on 02/19/2003 6:28:05 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: SAMWolf
Thank You So Much SamWolf,

Because of U.S. Grant being in Vicksburg, this story is seldom told. Even though Port Hudson held a higher strategic value.

My 3rd Great Grandfather, Private Riley G. Rush served with Co. A, 1st Regiment, Alabama Volunteer Army (CSA) from the beginning of the war.

He was wounded at Port Hudson on 27 May 1863 (the first assault) and died from those wounds on 6 June 1863.

To this day, he is buried in an un-marked grave near the Port Hudson Battlefield, along with many other Confederate Soldiers.

In honor of all soldiers, North and South, for fighting for their beliefs, I Salute You!!!!
66 posted on 02/19/2003 7:45:55 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AlabamaRebel
Your're Welcome Alabama Rebel. Thanks for the lead on this storey and Thanks to your 3rd Great Grandfather for his service.
67 posted on 02/19/2003 7:48:51 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: SAMWolf
Thanks to Freeper AlabamaRebel for the lead and research on this story.

My family and I thank you Sam for running the story.

68 posted on 02/19/2003 7:50:55 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AntiJen
Thank you AlabamaRebel for the thread idea and for assisting SAMWolf with the research!!!

I have always felt that this battle was more important the Gettysburg, but then I am biased of course :)

69 posted on 02/19/2003 7:53:28 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AntiJen
War Hero's Widow Gets Reprieve; Eviction on hold after fund set up to spare 70-year-old

I read this story when it happened, I am very happy to hear she will be saved.

70 posted on 02/19/2003 7:56:02 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: billbears
Held off the d#mn yankees for 48 days did they? God bless them bump

Damn good job against superior forces wouldn't you say?

71 posted on 02/19/2003 7:58:29 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: coteblanche
Some think the 54th Mass. was the first Black Regiment.

But these at Port Hudson were.

Great post.
72 posted on 02/19/2003 8:00:29 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: SAMWolf
This is the attack that the movie "Glory" profiled.

Actually, No Wolf.

The movie Glory was about the 54th Mass. and the attack on Battery Wagner in South Carolina. And I believe it was a year later.

73 posted on 02/19/2003 8:02:40 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AlabamaRebel
Thanks AlabamaRebel.

You're right,I stand corrected, I should have checked before I posted.
74 posted on 02/19/2003 8:07:56 AM PST by SAMWolf (To look into the eyes of the wolf is to see your soul)
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To: AntiJen
"Louisiana" Native Guards on the side of the Union/Federals/North? Gee, I didn't know that.

Actually you will find a 1st Alabama Cavalry (USA) and a 1st Alabama Cavarly (CSA).

Many states supplied troops to both sides of the war.

Hence the name "War of Brother Against Brother"

75 posted on 02/19/2003 8:10:13 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: SAMWolf
That's alright Sam,

I'm a history buff in general, and a civil war buff mostly :)
76 posted on 02/19/2003 8:13:48 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AlabamaRebel
OH! Thanks for that info. I must've slept through American History classes. I'm so thankful for our Foxhole and to be able to learn from SAMWolf and all the other FReepers who post here.
77 posted on 02/19/2003 8:21:02 AM PST by Jen (FALL IN to the FReeper Foxhole! (VetsCoR Forum))
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To: AntiJen
Any Time.

Glad I could be of service.

My wife says I have not been re-incarnated, she says I just refused to die the first time around and I'm actually 159 years old.

Her reasoning here is that now one could know as much about the Civil War as I do by reading books, so I must have been alive back then, and went through it :)
78 posted on 02/19/2003 8:46:44 AM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AlabamaRebel
Her reasoning here is that now one could know as much about the Civil War as I do by reading books, so I must have been alive back then, and went through it :)

Smart wife ... I can see why you married her. :)

Be Well - Be Armed - Be Safe - Molon Labe!

79 posted on 02/20/2003 12:48:36 PM PST by blackie
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To: blackie
She can't be too smart, she married me :)
80 posted on 02/20/2003 5:39:32 PM PST by AlabamaRebel (Sergeant, US Army 1978-1985)
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To: AlabamaRebel
Must be your Southern charm. :)
81 posted on 02/20/2003 5:45:15 PM PST by blackie
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