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The funeral of Andre Cailloux, the first black Union officer to be killed during the Civil War. #andrecailloux #civilwar #civilwarhistory #blackhistory #blacklivesmatter #amwriting

#AndreCailloux was born a slave in 1825 but was freed in 1846. He quickly became a leader within the free Afro-French community of #NewOrleans. In September 1862, Cailloux joined the Union’s #1stLouisianaNativeguard, being made captain of Company E. His company was considered one of the best-drilled in the regiment.On May 27, 1863, General Banks led a poorly planned attack on heavily defended Confederate positions at Port Hudson. Cailloux’s company spearheaded the assault and were ordered on a suicidal charge against enemy sharpshooters. Despite suffering heavy losses, Cailloux inspired his men to persevere, and even led further charges, during which his arm was blown off by cannon fire. Despite now only having one arm, he continued to lead the charge until he was killed by an artillery shell. His heroism quickly became the stuff of legend, with his funeral attended by thousands and his efforts inspiring many blacks to enlist. If you’re ready to be a part of #history and #armyhistory #contactme #call/text #pm/dm #828-489-2646 #yourarmyreservecareercounselor #ashevillemallrecruitingcenter #armystrong #teamarmy #usarmy #usarmyreserve #bedifferent #bearmystrong #blackhistory
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