§The famed 73rd U. S. C. T. was first organized in the
Confederate service by Governor
Moore of Louisiana as the 1st Louisiana Native Guards in May of 1861.
§After the surrender of New Orleans they offered
themselves to the Union.
Butler accepted them and mustered the
regiment into the service on
September 27, 1862.
§The 73rd became the first Colored regiment to be
mustered into the Union Army.
§It retained its designation as the 1st Louisiana Native Guards until
after the siege of Port Hudson
where it won great distinction in that desperate assault of May 27, 1863.
§In April 1864, the Regiment's name was transferred to
the 73rd U.S.C.T.
Hawkins' U.S.C.T. Division of three
Brigades contained the 73rd.
§At daybreak on the April 2nd, Hawkins' Division charged forward driving the enemy into Blakely’s works, becoming the first Union
troops to invest the fort.