Michael Marshall




Michael Marshall is a retired New Orleans Police Department detective and sergeant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and is a former U.S. Marine and world history and publications high school teacher. His interest in the Civil War began at a young age during the conflict’s centennial commemorations and family visits to battlefield parks. The proud father of two sons, he resides in Hammond, La., with his wife.


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Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers

Composed of Creole and Cajun citizen-soldiers, the Donaldsonville Canonniers were organized as a militia company in 1837 and were one of the most active and highly regarded Louisiana units during the American Civil War. Known as the Donaldsonville Artillery during the conflict, the Canonniers were a conspicuous part of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, participating in a number of skirmishes, artillery duels and battles, including Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, North Anna, Second Cold Harbor, Petersburg and Appomattox Station. The Canonniers reorganized in July 1875 and were accepted into federal service during the Spanish-American War before disbanding for good in November 1898.

Gallant Creoles: A History of the Donaldsonville Canonniers records the history of this Louisiana militia company and also includes extensive biographies of each Donaldsonville Canonnier who served during the Civil War.


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