The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment

386 Beach Boulevard

Biloxi, MS 39530

Phone: (228) 374-5547

Photographs from the collection of C. P. (“Kitty”) Weaver of Massachusetts from the diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels, supplemented by photographs provided by Isiah Edwards of Long Beach, Mississippi, record the history of the 2nd Regiment of Louisiana Native Guards that served for the Union at Ship Island in the Mississippi Sound. Passages from the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey were inspired by the history of the Native Guards.  Excerpts from Colonel Nathan W. Daniels Diary were reprinted from: C.P. Weaver, editor. Thank God My Regiment an African One: The Civil War Diary of Colonel Nathan W. Daniels. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998.

Facility Info
  • Description Meeting space for community clubs and organizations available! It is recommended that meetings be booked at least six weeks in advance. Donations are welcome, of course! The dining room can accommodate approximately 25 people and has a kitchen. The second room holds approximately 15. For a standing group, approximately 50-75 people at a time and there is also the front porch that will handle your special group meeting or event – weather permitting!
  • Number of Rooms 3