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Afro-Creole Captain Andre Cailloux falls at the head of his troops in the attack on Port Hudson

Attack of the Louisiana Native Guard at Port Hudson, Louisiana, May 27, 1863, artist's impression, black officer detail
05/27/1863
Captain André Cailloux  was a former slave who had become a businessman and leader of the free black population in New Orleans, Louisiana before the war.  He began his military career in the Confederate "Native Guard" organized as a showpiece in the city. After the fall of New Orleans, he led a company in the Union's First Louisiana Native Guard and fell at the head of his men in the failed May 27, 1863 assault on Port Hudson, one of the first black United States Army officers to die in action. He was thirty-eight years old and became a legend in New Orleans. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Edward Cunningham, The Port Hudson Campaign: 1862-1863 (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1963), 50-55
Stephen J. Ochs, A Black Patriot And A White Priest: Andre Cailloux And Claude Paschal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans (Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2006), 142-152.
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