Re: Camp Cornay
During the summer of 1864 someone around Alexandria must have gotten on a paperwork kick, because there are a lot of returns from artillery batteries around that area (men present, number of guns, amount of ammo of different types, etc) still in existence. I came across them a few years back when I was going through a collection at Tulane. Don't remember the name of the collection, but it had some of Joe Brent's papers in it, maybe a letterbook of his? At any rate, seems like some of these batteries were on the Red River a few miles below Alexandria. One claimed to be at the mouth of Choctaw Bayou, but from the description of the location was much more likely at the mouth of Bayou Latanier. It's been years since I looked at these papers, and I don't recall if there was a name given for the camp, but maybe Art, or Bill Meneray, would know something. Of course, if your man doesn't mention being on the river this might not be the right place at all. But there were some Confederate batteries keeping an eye on the Red below Alexandria at that time.