Anthony Cade


The George Washington University


Denver Brunsman

Academic Interests:

Military History
African American History
Immigrant Studies
Transnational History
American Civil War
War and Society
Nineteenth-Century American History


Crescent of the Union: The Louisiana Native Guards and the Transformation of African American Society during the American Civil War

Bio Note:

During the American Civil War, the largest group of African Americans to serve in the Union Army were raised in Louisiana. The majority of these men served within a series of regiments first designated the Louisiana Native Guards and later redesignated the Corps d’Afrique before being split into multiple USCT regiments. The regiments these men served in were first constituted by the Confederacy as a militia unit, and then after the Union regained control of New Orleans, was absorbed by the Union Army into the Department of the Gulf. Their contribution to the war was possibly the most significant act of any regiment raised in the South, and their actions directly changed African American society in New Orleans, and all of Louisiana, during and after the Civil War. Furthermore, their actions ensnared enough international attention, that they made the war in Louisiana a transnational war.

AJ Cade is a retired United States Marine, PhD Candidate at The George Washington University, and military historian with the United States Army Center of Military History. He has two Mas, one from The University of Maryland and another from The George Washington University, in American and Military History, and his research into the Louisiana Native Guards will help to reshape the historiography of New Orleans during the American Civil War.

Added November 2021

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