Orders No. 426. } Headquarters Louisiana Militia, Adjutant-General's Office, March 24, 1862.
I. The Governor and commander-in-chief, relying implicitly upon the loyalty of the free colored population of the city and State for the protection of their homes, their property, and for Southern rights from the pollution of a ruthless invader, and believing that the military organization which existed prior to the 15th of February, 1862, and elicited praise and respect for the patriotic motives which prompted it, should exist for and during the war, calls upon them to maintain their organization, and to hold themselves prepared for such orders as may be transmitted to them.
II. The colonel commanding will report without delay to Major-General Lewis, commanding State Militia.
By order of Thomas O. Moore, Governor: