Our Colored Troops at Work: The First Louisiana Native Guards Disembarking at Fort Macombe, Louisiana
This illustration shows a contingent of the First Louisiana Native Guards disembarking from a steam ship at Fort Macombe. Accredited to Harper's special artist. The 1st Louisiana Native Guards, formed in April 1861 of free people of color, was accepted as part of the Louisiana militia, but went over to the Union side in 1862. For details, see James G. Hollandsworth, The Louisiana Native Guards: The Black Military Experience During the Civil War (Louisiana State University Press, 1995). Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization was an American political magazine based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects and humor, alongside illustrations. It covered the American Civil War extensively, including many illustrations of events from the war. See also image HW1863a
Harper's Weekly (February 28, 1863), Vol. 7, p. 133.
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