War of the Rebellion: Serial 127 Page 0752 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

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It is under the command of Brigadier Gen. C. A. Labuzan. I annex a list of the force stationed there marked Document C. *

A recapitulation of the forces as above stated shows:

Regiment of artillery (regulars). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 740

Regiment of infantry (regulars). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,033

1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th,

12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th Regiments

Louisiana Volunteers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14,949

Wheat's battalion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 415

Dreux's battalion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480

Fourteen companies transferred to the Confederate service 1,231

Four companies of Orleans Artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 304

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Number of troops in service of the Confederate States. . . . 19,152

Thirteen companies for service within the State, at

Camp Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,050

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Total number of troops thus far organized by the State. . . 20,202

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(I can only approximate the number of the troops volunteering independently into the Confederate service.)

One company Orleans Chasseurs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Sulakowski's regiment (14th Regiment). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 850

Lieutenant-Colonel Bradford regiment (15th Regiment). . . . 450

Pointe Coupee Light Artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Washington Artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 320

Crescent Blues. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

Donaldsonville Artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

Marion Infantry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

Watson Artillery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100

Carroll Guards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

Jackson Regiment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450

Zouaves. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 650

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Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,375

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Which would make a force in the field from the State

of Louisiana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23,577

It became necessary in order to prevent trafficking between the enemy's fleet and a large number of small boats and luggers trading in the various bays, bayous, lakes, &c., in the parishes bordering on the sea-shore, to issue an order to arrest all offenders. To this effect on the 12th of June Captain A. O. Murphy was appointed and placed in charge of the schooner Antonio, and a sufficient crew, with full authority to arrest all persons dealing with the enemy, or persons of a suspicious character, found within the limits of Barrell Keys and Texas, and who could not prove themselves loyal to the government. A similar authority was given to Captain R. G. Darden, of Thibodeaux, who, in conjunction with Captain Murphy, visited all the bayous, bays, and lakes, and has made some important arrests. Great benefit has been derived by the State from the zeal and activity with which these gentlemen performed the arduous duties imposed upon them, Captain Murphy being alone in the service at present.

On the 14th of January, 1861, an order issued for the organization of the militia throughout the State. Considerable opposition was made thereto. Owing to the impracticability of the law of 1853, officers met with serious difficulties in compelling attendance at drills and obedience to their orders, the fine imposed, or intended to be imposed, upon delinquents being of so small an amount, and the mode pointed out for its collection being unconstitutional, that the organization was turned into a farce. In many parishes, however, no objections were raised, and as far as practicable the militia was organized. The times requiring that something should be done for the protection of the

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*Omitted in view of the recapitulation following.

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