Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)

Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)
CWLA seeks to provide an online resource of any and all material of the Civil War relating to Louisiana with a special interest in the war in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

“Killed at Gettysburg: Horthere Fontenot, 8th Louisiana”

The Fontenot Brothers of Co. F, 8th Louisiana Infantry

 Killed At Gettysburg has a great write up of one of Opelousas’ “Opelousas Guards” - Horthere Fontenot. You travel the Opelousas, Eunice, Ville Platte area today you will still find MANY Fontenots! Horthere joined the Opelousas Guards in 1861 with his brothers. Their company became Company F of the 8th Louisiana Infantry. The 8th Louisiana fought in the Virginia theater the entire war; most of that time in the 1st Louisiana Brigade of the II Corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. Veterans of 1st Manassas, Jackson’s Valley Campaign, the Seven Days, 2nd Manassas Campaign, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, the 8th Louisiana was a tough veteran unit marching north to Gettysburg in June 1863. 

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The 10th New York National Guard Is Mobilized and Sent to Louisiana

 Colonel Michael J. Stenzel put together an EXCELLENT regimental history of the 177th New York Infantry The 177th New York was the 10th New York National Guard that was mobilized into Federal service for 9 Months. The regiment served the entire time in Louisiana and took part in the Siege of Port Hudson. Again, Colonel Stenzel has done an outstanding job with numerous photographs, stats on losses, and really informative maps.

Map from Colonel Stenzel’s history in the 177th New York (10th New York National Guard). This map should perk the curiosity of any student of the war. Click on the link above to visit the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center to view this great regimental history.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

New Book on Port Hudson!

Lawrence Lee Hewitt has a new book on Port Hudson. The book is titled: Port Hudson: The Most Significant Battlefield Photographs of the Civil War. The book has 173 photos from Hewitt’s own collection! This looks to be a “must buy” for Civil War Louisiana enthusiasts.

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