1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 12, 2020 11:43 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of formation of 24th Regiment, LM

    Chris Dichtel Newbie

      I'm seeking information on the mustering of the Company Officers of the 24th Regiment, L.M. (1st Brigade, I believe) in New Orleans, in April of 1843, in preparation for the Mexican War. It was advertised in local papers as occurring on April 19 1843 in Lafayette, New Orleans (later a part of N.O.), as per "Order No. 19". The election of Company officers, including one Colonel, one Lt. Colonel, and one Major, was to be presided over by Major W. L. Thompson of the 46th Regiment.  All this by order of Brig. Gen. Horatio Davis, Commanding 1st Brigade L. M. Seeking further information on the election, which individuals were elected to those positions, and what became of the regiment during and after the war.

        • Re: Seeking records of formation of 24th Regiment, LM
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Dichtel,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

          We located a reference to the event you describe in The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana 21 Apr 1843. Based on our reading of the article, this is not describing the formation of a new unit.  Rather, this is referring to the meeting of the officers of an existing unit of the Louisiana Militia to elect regimental officers. In many militia units throughout the 18th and 19th century, officers were elected to fixed terms by members of their units, rather than being appointed by central authorities. In some cases, officers were elected every year. Furthermore, there is no indication this was connected to the Mexican War, which would not occur for another 3 years. The annexation of Texas and the subsequent border dispute between the US and Mexico which prompted the war would not occur for another 2 years.  Rather, this appears to be a routine, peacetime activity. The National Archives does not keep records of peacetime state militia units.  Please contact the Louisiana State Archives for information about militia records from this time period.


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