Gabriel Montegut Research Paper

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Gabriel Montegut, born in July 30, 1839, was the great-grandson of Dr. Gabriel Montegut, who came to Louisiana from France in 1760. Dr. Montegut held a military commission as a surgeon under Spanish rule, and was the first resident surgeon of the Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Montegut’s wife, Francoise Delisle Dupart’s family came to Louisiana with Bienville. One of their sons and grandfather of Gabriel, Edgar Montegut was the mayor of New Orleans in 1844 and established St. Sophie Plantation in Plaquemine Parish. His son, Louis Gabriel Montegut (I), married Marie Odile Desmare, granddaughter of James Pitot, the first American mayor of New Orleans. Montegut, (Sr.) was a prominent merchant and philanthropist who died in 1855. A brother, Raymond, served as Lieutenant of the Marines at the Battle of New Orleans. The LaGardeur-Montegut papers are part of the special collections held at the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library of Tulane University in New Orleans” Joseph Nicolas Gabriel Montegut, born in 1838 in New Orleans, was educated at the Sewickley Academy, in Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. The Academy was a private boys-only school established in 1838. He returned to New Orleans, working with his father’s family, as a clerk at 16 years old, in the mercantile business.
On March 7, 1862, 22-year-old “Gabe” Montegut joined the
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P. G. T. Beauregard, Braxton Bragg, and Joseph E. Johnston. Dreux’s Cavalry Company was part of the personal escort of General Bragg and later, General Joseph E. Johnson. Private Montegut, as a light artillery member, was in some of the violent engagements of the war: Chickamauga, Murfreesboro, siege of Charleston and Battle of Averasboro, N.C. He also fought in the Battle of Farmington, and Corinth Campaign, Mississippi. Later he served under Capt. Gustave LeGardeur, in the defense of Charleston, South

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