State of Louisiana troop expenses ledger
Scope and Contents
The ledger records the expenses of Louisiana state troops from 1862 to 1863. In addition to payroll entries, the ledger also includes a description of additional purchases, including clothing, weapons, and materials used for city defenses.
- Williams, A. S., III (Collector, Person)
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Louisiana seceded from the Union on January 26, 1861. New Orleans, Louisiana, the largest city in the entire South, was strategically important as a port city due to its location along the Mississippi River and its access to the Gulf of Mexico. The United States War Department very early on planned for its capture. It was taken by Federal troops on April 25, 1862. Because a large part of the population had Union sympathies (or compatible commercial interests), the Federal government took the unusual step of designating the areas of Louisiana then under Federal control as a state within the Union, with its own elected representatives to the U.S. Congress. For the latter part of the war, both the Union and the Confederacy recognized their own distinct Louisiana governors.
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Expenses ledger for Louisiana state troops from 1862 to 1863.
The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama
Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010
Title on phase box spine: State of Louisiana Ledger for Payment of State Troops
Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013
- Guide to the State of Louisiana troop expenses ledger
- November 2013
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