Episode 149

Andre Cailloux was one of the first black Union officers in the Civil War. He was born a slave and became a free man of color in Louisiana before the Civil War. He was a prosperous cigar maker when the War broke out, and after the Union occupied New Orleans he joined the First Louisiana Regiment, being commissioned a captain. His company was among those to lead the assault on Port Hudson on the Mississippi River, and he was killed while leading the charge. His death was a catalyst for greater black enlistment in the Union Army, and inspired many to work harder for rights for black Americans.

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