BLOGROLL/RESOURCE: Handler and Tuite on Louisiana Native Guards Photo Falsification

Jerome S. Handler and Michael L. Tuite, Jr. describe the fraudulent identification of a Civil War photograph of United States Colored Troops as members of the Confederate army’s First Louisiana Native Guard:

 

“The actual 1st Louisiana Native Guards, consisting of Afro-Creoles, was formed of about 1,500 men in April 1861 and was formally accepted as part of the Louisiana militia in May 1862. The Native Guards unit (one of three all-black companies) never saw combat while in Confederate service, and was largely kept at arm’s length by city and state officials; in fact, it often lacked proper uniforms and equipment. “The Confederate authorities,” James Hollandsworth has written, “never intended to use black troops for any mission of real importance. If the Native Guards were good for anything, it was for public display; free blacks fighting for Southern rights made good copy for the newspapers.” The unit apparently was never committed to the Confederate cause, and appears to have disobeyed orders to evacuate New Orleans with other Confederate forces; instead it surrendered to Union troops in April 1862…”

Read: Black Union Soldiers – Louisiana Native Guard – Photo Falsification

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