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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

304 pages / 6.00 x 9.00 inches / no illustrations

Civil War

  Paperback / 9780807131572 / March 2006

Stephen J. Ochs chronicles the intersecting lives of the first black military Civil War hero, Captain André 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.

Stephen J. Ochs, the Lawler Chair of History at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Md., is the author of A Black Patriot and a White Priest: André Cailloux and Claude Pashal Maistre in Civil War New Orleans, Desegregating the Altar: The Josephites and the Struggle for Black Catholic Priests, 1871-1960 and, most recently, A Cause Greater Than Self: The Journey of Captain Michael J. Daly, World War II Medal of Honor Recipient.

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