LOUISIANA IN THE CIVIL WAR
The goal of Civil War Louisiana is to provide an online resource of information and links to our great state's involvement in the war. Topics expected to be commonly covered are: Battles fought in Louisiana, battles that Louisianians participated in, unit histories, rosters, uniforms and equipment of Louisiana soldiers, personalities to include not only the leadership of the state and armies but the common soldier, flags and resources to research/read on the state's role in the war.
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Dr. Terry Jones of ULM has a piece published at the New York Times' "Disunion" series commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the war. Jones covers the roles of the two Louisiana Brigades that fought at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam for you Yanks). Its a great write up and includes good information on the photographs taken at the battlefield in relation to the dead Louisianians and Colonel Strong's dead white horse.
The Dead at Antietam by Terry Jones
Friday, September 21, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The passage up the river was full of interest and excitement. The semi-tropical vegetation; the levees, filled to the brim with the vast volume of waters, on which the ship rode high above the rice plantations; the shores strewn with the wrecks of the Confederate gunboats destroyed in the naval fight ; the forts on either hand over which now flew the stars and stripes ; the throngs of blacks along the banks, who hailed the troops with every sign of welcome, — were new and interesting sights to the Vermonters. A little before sunset of the 12th, they first caught sight of the Crescent City, still canopied with smoke from its burned warehouses and smouldering docks. It was filled with multitudes of unemployed workmen and roughs, most of whom made no attempt to conceal their hatred toward the Union troops. The richer and influential citizens excited rather than soothed the passions of the mob. The women were bold and persistent in their insults. The entrance on such a scene was not likely to be forgotten by any of the Vermonters. Colonel Thomas reported to General Shepley, who had arrived two days before and had been appointed military commandant of the city, and in the evening of the 12th the regiment landed, loaded muskets in the street, and marched, to the strains of Yankee Doodle, which drowned the secession songs with which the crowds around them greeted the new comers, to the Union Cotton Press, close to the river, where the regiment was temporarily quartered. They were in a hostile city ; and there was no sleep for the officers and little for the men, that night.' Strong guards were posted and the men felt under little temptation to leave quarters. One man, however," undertook to run the guard, was challenged by the sentinel, and refusing to stop, was fired on and received a wound from which he died three weeks after. On the 17th the regiment was established in permanent quarters in the large building of the Mechanics Institute and in the ad- joining Medical College of Louisiana.
- Colonel Stephen Thomas of the 8th Vermont: Appointed colonel with no prior military experience. His father was a veteran of the War of 1812 and his grandfather served in the American Revolution. He became an apprentice "to a manufacturer of woolens," and became a woolen manufacture as his career. Thomas became a sheriff, judge of probate and a member of the Vermont House of Reprsentatives for six terms and its senate for two before the war. In November of 1861 Thomas was given the rank of colonel to command a regiment at the age of 51. In his post-Louisiana service in the war, Colonel Thomas won the U.S. Medal of Honor at the Battle of Cedar Creek (19 October 1864) for "Distinguished conduct in a desperate hand-to-hand encounter, in which the advance of the enemy was checked."
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
THE QUESTION OF ARMING NEGROES
The Mobile Advertiser and Register publishes the following communication:(Published: November 13, 1864)
Saturday, August 18, 2012
"In this campaign into Southwest Louisiana we suffered much from the extreme heat in the early part of the campaign, also from want of water which was fit to drink. Much of the time the only water we could get was in sloughs covered with a heavy green scum and so warm and muddy that it was sickening and caused many of our soldiers to die of fever. Most of the country we passed through was beautiful to look at and was mostly prairie. The Bayous, as they ware called, were more like sluggish or dead-water rivers. All were alive with alligators. There is a skirt of timber all along these bayous, mostly live oak and the trees are covered with Spanish moss which hangs clear to the ground. When the wind is blowing and the moss is waving to and fro it is a beautiful sight. I saw a few large sugar plantations with vats filled with thousands of barrels of Orleans molasses. All the people, both white and black, in Southwestern Louisiana spoke French and very few could understand English. All the able bodied negroes were gone from the plantations, some had enlisted in the Union army, others had been put in the rebel army by their masters and were building fortifications, but we found hundreds of negro women and children on these plantations."
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The list below are all the movements of the 6th Missouri Cavalry's (U.S.) service in Louisiana:
Moved to the Dept. of the Gulf August. Near Morganza, La., September 8.
Atchafalaya September 8-9.
Sterling's Farm, on Bayou Fordoche, near Morganza, September 27.
Western Louisiana Campaign October 3-November 30.
Reconnaissance toward Opelousas October 20.
Opelousas, Barre Landing, October 21.
Washington October 24.
Bayou Bourbeaux November 2.
Carrion Crow Bayou November 18.
Bayou Portage, Grand Lake, November 23.
Near Vermillionville, La., November 30.
Red River Campaign March 10-May 22.
Advance from Franklin to Alexandria March 14-26.
Bayou Rapides March 20. Henderson's Hill March 21.
Monett's Ferry and Cloutiersville March 29-30.
Natchitoches March 31.
Crump's Hill, Piney Woods, April 2.
Wilson's Farm April 7.
Bayou de Paul, Carroll's Mill, April 8.
Battle of Sabine Cross Roads April 8.
Pleasant Hill April 9.
About Cloutiersville April 22-24.
Bayou Rapides Bridge and McNutt's Hill, Alexandria, April 27-28.
Retreat to Morganza April 13-20.
Wilson's Landing May 14.
Avoyelle's (or Marksville Prairie) May 15.
Expedition to Clinton, La., August 23-29.
Expedition from Baton Rouge to Clinton, Greensburg, Osyke and Camp Moore October 5-9. Expedition from Baton Rouge to Brookhaven, Miss., and skirmishes November 14-21. Davidson's Expedition from Baton Rouge against Mobile & Ohio Railroad November 27-December 3.
Expedition from Baton Rouge to Clinton and Comite River March 30-April 2, 1865.
Duty in District of Baton Rouge, La., until July and the Dept. of Texas until September. Mustered out September 12, 1865.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
On November 20, 1894, the newspaper Gettysburg Compiler reported that a delegation of Louisiana Confederate veterans had arrived in town to help the Gettysburg National Park Commission locate the positions the Louisiana troops occupied during the battle. The Louisiana veterans were the first state delegation to begin work with the commission. The veterans included Pvt. Eugene H. Levy of the Donaldsonville Artillery; Capt. Andrew J. Hero of the Washington Artillery; Lt. Col. David Zable of the 14th Louisiana; Sgt. Hugh H. Ward of the 7th Louisiana; Corpl. Albert M. Levy of the Louisiana Guard Battery; and Sgt. Maj. C. L. C. Dupuy of the Washington Artillery. The Louisianians worked with John B. Bachelder, who devoted his life to studying and preserving the battlefield, and park commissioner Major William Robbins of the 4th Alabama and commission chairman Brevet Lt. Col. John P. Nicholson of the 28th Pennsylvania.