S t. Charles was one of twenty-nine parishes that supported secession on January 26, 1861. General Richard Taylor of Fashion Plantation was elected to represent the German Coast. His signature is included among those signing the document with the notation “of St. Charles” directly below. The German Coast was then no longer a part of the United States. For two months the German Coast was part of a new nation named the Republic of Louisiana. Then, on March 21, 1861, Louisiana became a part of the Confederate States of America.
As chairman of the Committee on Military and Naval Affairs, General Richard Taylor warned at the state convention that the lower Mississippi River should be reinforced because New Orleans was open to attack. His warning was not heeded, as many thought the Union would not attack New Orleans. Governor Moore stated that the Baton Rouge Arsenal held all that was needed to hold off Union troops. General Taylor was aware of the inevitable destruction and with profound sadness returned home. He decided not to serve the South, unless asked, because he considered this a futile cause. He was called in April of 1861 and, being loyal to his state and to the German Coast, joined in the battle.
Copyright © This text is copyright material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.
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