O.R. Series 4 - Volume 1, page 625. A message from General Twiggs to Lewis.
New Orleans, La., September 29,1861.
Maj. Gen. J. L. LEWIS,
First Division Louisiana Militia, New Orleans, La.:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding has decided not to make use of the services of the companies of colored citizens tendered him as an escort for the prisoners of war, and instructs me to communicate his decision to you.
He thanks them for the promptness with which they answered the call, and is assured that they will be equally ready upon a more important occasion.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. G. DEVEREUX,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant- General.
This is if anything, a recognition of some of the units by Confederate authorities, and they still may have been present.