“How much longer is
Governor Thomas O. Moore
Letter to Jefferson Davis (July 8, 1862)
In my opinion, the status of Louisiana following the fall of New Orleans is a very interesting topic. For a full year of the war, Louisiana followed a basic format for the war: Volunteer companies were raised in the local communities, they were shipped first to New Orleans to Camp Walker and then to Camp Moore (named after the Governor), they were organized into units and shipped to the front, the state spent its resources equipping these units and New Orleans pumped out the materials needed for uniforms, accouterments and all the other needs for war.
This comfortable routine came to a crashing halt on
The May - October 1862 time span was the readjustment period for
At the center of everything that was occurring in this period was Louisiana's Governor Thomas O. Moore. Once New Orleans fell, Moore was very aggressive in pushing President Jefferson Davis to address the needs of Louisiana. The fruition of his long distance campaign did not pay off until the appointment of Major-General Richard Taylor in late July 1862. During the intervening time from April 25th (fall of New Orleans) to July 30th (Taylor's appointment to the Department of Western Louisiana), Moore battled not only President Davis in seeking attention for his state, but also the dejected commander of New Orleans, Mansfield Lovell.
Progressing at the same time in the war were the Shiloh and Corinth Campaigns. The deep strike of U.S. Grant into western Tennessee caused major issues for New Orleans' fall and the post-New Orleans Louisiana. Thousands of men were dispatched from Louisiana to protect Corinth, Mississippi. The result was the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862). The defeat of the Army of the Mississippi led to that army being besieged in Corinth until May 28th-that resulted in sucking the Davis' administrations attention away from Louisiana. These campaigns took importance over a post-New Orleans Louisiana and the significance of this policy left Louisiana stranded until the August-October time. The month of May, June and July were vulnerable months for the people of Louisiana and Governor Moore worked hard to rebuild their hope in the Confederate cause.
I hope "setting the stage" did not confuse anyone. I hope to put forth several more pieces with much more detail in the future. The goal will be to catalog the progression of Moore's struggle to gain proper attention from the Confederate government (April - July 1862) and then to see the result of these actions (August-October 1862).
- As always, ANY input and on this topic is more than welcome.