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Louisiana Native Guard

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While the city an, Department of the Gulf, 1862 d its population were no longer in Confederate control, Union generals were aghast to see their army decimated not by bullets, but by Louisiana’s hot, humid climate and mosquito-borne yellow fever. Fearful of counter-attack and watching his New England troops fall to sickness, General “Beast” Butler sought to organize separate, pro-union, militia units of white and, with misgivings, black Louisiana locals. Proud Men

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