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Collection Title: Confederate States of America. Army. Field Report of the Second Brigade, 1862.

Collection Number: M234

Dates: August 3, 1862

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Donated by Ernest A. Walen. This collection was separated from M123

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Henry Watkins Allen (1820-1866) was a native of Prince Edward County, Virginia. A graduate of Marion College in Missouri, he came to Mississippi by 1840 when he established a school at Grand Gulf. Allen was well-known as a planter in Mississippi and Louisiana and served a term in the legislature of both states. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and was first elected lieutenant colonel and later colonel of the 4th Louisiana Infantry. Allen served for a brief period as military governor at Jackson, Mississippi, and on August 19, 1863, he was appointed brigadier general. He was elected governor of Louisiana and served during the last year of the war; with his accomplishment in improving the economy of the Trans-Mississippi Department, Allen is considered one of the best Confederate administrators.

Scope and Content:

This document, a field report of the Second Brigade, Second Division, commanded by Confederate Colonel Henry Watkins Allen, was prepared on August 3, 1862. It lists by rank and command the numbers of men present for duty -- a total of 1,031. At the time of this report, the Second Brigade was stationed at the Comite River Bridge north/northeast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was in this area that troops from Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Alabama were regrouped for the August 5 attack on Baton Rouge. The field report is signed by B.W. Clark, adjutant.

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