Our Colored Troops: The Line Officers of the First Louisiana Native Guards
This engraving shows five officers of the 1st Louisiana Native Guards, including, from left to right, Charles Sentmanat, V. Lavigne, D. Larrieu, J. L. Montieu and E. Davis. This unit of free people of color formed in April 1861 as part of the Louisiana militia, but switched to the union side in 1862. For details on these troops, their capacity for work and racial characteristics, refer to the article accompanying this image (p. 143); and 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 HW1863b.
Harper's Weekly (February 28, 1863), Vol. 7, p. 133.
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