LOUISIANA IN THE CIVIL WAR

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The goal of Louisiana in the Civil War 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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Bourbeaux

Bourbeaux
Skirmish at Buzzard's Prairie (Chretien Point Plantation), October 15, 1863

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fontenots of the 8th Louisiana Infantry





Fontenot Brothers of Co. F, 8th Louisiana

The above photo shows four brothers of Company F "Opelousas Guards" of the 8th Louisiana Infantry. The brothers are Hypolite, Denis, Alexander and Horthere Fontenot. The Opelousas Guards were raised in May of 1861 in Opelousas. Men from Opelousas, Grand Coteau, Washington and Ville Platte filled the roster of the company. Captain James C. Pratt was elected its captain and fielded 90 men. In this original muster Alexander was the only one of the above four Fontenot brothers that enlisted in May. The the remaining three brothers all enlisted in March of 1862. To read more about the war experiences of the brothers please visit Cowan's Auctions - they have provided a nice write up about these Louisiana soldiers.




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Coppens' Zouave Battalion

Coppens' Zouave Battalion
Lt. Colonel George Coppens (seated) and brother, Captain Marie Alfred Coppens.Image sold at auction on Cowan Auctions, for $14,375