A Black Patriot and a White Priest: André Cailloux and Claude Paschal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans (Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War) (Paperback)

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Stephen J. Ochs chronicles the intersecting lives of the first black military Civil War hero, Captain Andr Cailloux of the 1st Louisiana Native Guards, and the lone Catholic clerical voice of abolition in New Orleans, the Reverend Claude Paschal Maistre. Their paths converged in July 1863, when Maistre, in defiance of his archbishop, officiated at a large public military funeral for Cailloux, who had perished while courageously leading a doomed charge against the Confederate bastion of Port Hudson. The story of how Cailloux and Maistre arrived at that day and what happened as a consequence provides a prism through which to view the black military experience and the complex interplay of slavery, race, radicalism, and religion during American democracy's most violent upheaval.

About the Author


Stephen J. Ochs is the author of two previous books, including Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Priests, 1871-1960. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is chair of the history department at Georgetown Preparatory School.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807131572
ISBN-10: 0807131571
Publisher: LSU Press
Publication Date: March 21st, 2006
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War