America’s Civil War: Louisiana Native GuardsThe Native Guards were volunteers, and as such supplied their own arms and uniforms. These were displayed in a grand review of troops in New Orleans on November 23, 1861, and again on January 8, 1862. They offered their services to escort Union prisoners (captured at the First Battle of Bull Run) through New Orleans. Confederate General David Twiggs declined the offer, but thanked them for the "promptness with which they answered the call." The Louisiana State Legislature passed a law in January 1862 that reorganized the militia into only “...free white males capable of bearing arms… ”.
In short, they joined out of some weird sense of patriotism, then got told to **** off because the entire point of the Confederacy was enforcing the supremacy of whites OVER blacks. Just stop, you're about to look extremely stupid if you keep going down this absurdly revisionist road. The confederacy sought to enforce supremacy of whites over blacks. It's no surprise that 100 years later, the South was still resisting any sort of integration.Praise was one thing; acceptance was quite another. Confederate leaders who had initially welcomed the prospect of black troops changed their stance in light of the growing influence of the abolitionists over the Federal government. In defending the propriety of slavery, Southern officials pointed to their long-standing argument that blacks were inferior to whites. Enrolling black troops on the same level as whites would tend to refute that argument to all the world, and the Confederacy opted to deny the Louisiana Native Guards the privilege of fighting for their new country.