Sunday, January 4, 2015

Yes, We Were There at the Battle of New Orleans Jan 8, 1815

“To the Free Coloured Inhabitants of Louisiana” 
A group of students from Frederick Douglas High School
 play members of the Free Men of Color during 
the 195th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 
at Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 8, 2010. 
From 1729 until the Civil War, black soldiers, both Free men and slaves participated in the defense of Louisiana whenever it was threatened, as Ronald McConnell details in Negro Troops of Antebellum Louisiana. In 1812, when the conflict between the United States and Britain erupted anew, Louisiana was home to about 8,000 free persons of color, most of whom lived in New Orleans. As British troops approached Louisiana in 1814, military leaders called upon New Orleans’ extraordinarily diverse multi-cultural and multi-lingual population to protect the strategic city. General Andrew Jackson issued a direct appeal to the town’s free men of color, promising them equal treatment during and after their service. 

 As sons of freedom, you are called upon to defend our most inestimable blessing.  As Americans, your Country looks with confidence to her adopted Children for Valorous support, …— As Fathers, husbands, and Brothers, you are summoned to rally around the standard of the Eagle, to defend all which is dear in existence.  

 (Andrew  Jackson’s Letters and Orders, Letterbook G, September 21, 1814 (MS in Andrew Jackson Papers, Library of Congress), 157-58. Quoted from: McConnell, Ronald C. Negro Troops of Antebellum Louisiana. Louisiana State University Press: Baton Rouge, 1968.)

One individual who answered that called Dec 16, 1814, was a 20-year-old Free Man of Color named Innocent Mathieu.  He was later identified as Louis Mathieu Devaux, my 3rd generation great grandfather and the Son Agnes Mathieu and my Louisiana Patriot of the American Revolution named - Mathieu Devaux dit Platillo.  Their Story cans are seen on the PBS Program segment titledthe Galvez Papers.

Innocent Mathieu  
War of 1812
Company Pay Roll
Dec 16, 1814 - Mar 25, 1815

This is a picture of what
Private Innocent Mathieu
may have looked like a member of the
1st Battalion Free Men of Color

We Remember those who participated here at the
 Battle of New Orleans
January 8, 1815 
Michael N. Henderson
General Society War 1812 Certificate
Documenting my Ancestral Lineage to
Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu Devaux

And after documenting my ancestral lineage to him, I have been approved and have become a member of the General Society of the War of 1812, in the State of Louisiana on July 20, 2012, and today I stand as a "living memorial" to his service and contribution to this country.

Michael N. Henderson
Button Gwinnett Chapter
Georgia Society Sons of the American Revolution
A Descendant of
Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu DeVaux
1st Battalion Free Men of Color
at the
Battle of New Orleans
Jan 8, 1815

I am looking for the final resting place of Private Louis dit Innocent Mathieu Devaux, husband of Claire Eulalie Peytavain.  If you know of this place, please leave me a message. Appreciate any assistance. Michael Henderson

Back to in search of Bounty land promised 

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