8TH LOUISIANA
COMPANY B
BIENVILLE RIFLES

Why the 8th Louisiana & 75th New York?

We are the 8th Louisiana Company B & 75th New York Company D and are incorporated in the State of Louisiana as a non-profit organization. We are an Infantry unit as opposed to cavalry or artillery. Our weapons are .58 caliber Enfield^ or Springfield^ rifled muskets and bayonets. Our marching and method of combat is done per 1861 standards. We fight side-by-side and rally on Colors that were baptized in the blood of thousands of our ancestors'.

As you may tell from our name, we represent both Confederate (8th Louisiana) and Union (75th New York) regiments. Depending on the needs of particular reenactments, we need to have the ability to participate in an event as Confederate or Union soldiers to balance the sides. Reenactments here in the deep South can not expect to draw troops from northern states, so many of us Southerners at Heart don the blue colors so that the boys in gray have something to shoot at besides trees. Nothing looks worse at a reenactment than to have 300 Confederates and 35 Federals fighting. It just didn't happen. Whether your persuasion is Blue or Gray, it can be fun to be the bad guy!

We chose the 75th New York Volunteers because they fought in this area of Louisiana during the War, not to mention the fact that they have a snappy looking uniform! We are Company B, 8th Louisiana Infantry as Confederates because they had a proud record in the 1st Louisiana Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia.

As either unit, we are very proud of our regiment. We strive for authenticity, both on and off the field of battle. We are particularly proud of our marching drill and we are very ably led! Veterans are very knowledgeable about reenacting and are always willing to aid and instruct new recruits. At each persons own expense, we procure and care for all of our own equipment, clothing and weapons. We receive no sort of financial aid and we are rarely paid for our services. Out thrill is in the camp, the songs, the spirit, the comradery, the march, the food, the Colors, the campfires, the leather, the cannon, the scream of commands, the smell of gun powder ... and every once in a great while, you'll tell yourself ... this is the way it really was!

Take a step back in time. Wear the wool, sing the songs, rush to put on the equipment and grab your rifle as the drummer beats the long roll, double quick into line at right shoulder shift, infantry massing on your front! Load! ... Prepare to fire by Company! ... Ready! ... Aim! ... Fire!

It's as close as you'll ever get!

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We are the 8th Louisiana Company B