Army of Northern Virginia

Regimental History
1861 - 1865

Researched by N. Wayne Cosby

The 8th Louisiana Regiment was organized June 15, 1861 at Camp Moore, Louisiana with 889 men.  Companies of the regiment included; Company A (Creole Guards) of East Baton Rouge Parish, Company B (Bienville Rifles) of Orleans Parish, Company C (Attakapas Guards) of St. Martin Parish, Company D (Sumter Guards) of Orleans Parish, Company E (Franklin Sharpshooters) of Franklin Parish, Company F (Opelousas Guards) of St. Landry Parish, Company G (Minden Blues) of Claiborne Parish, Company H (Cheneyville Rifles) of Rapides Parish, Company I (Rapides Invincibles) of Rapides Parish and Company K (Phoenix Company) of Ascension Parish.

Of the 1,321 men enrolled in the regiment during the war, 252 were killed, 171 died if disease, 2 murdered, 1 died in  an accident, and about 80 deserted.


Cheneyville Rifles' Flag Returned, Confederate Veteran, XIX (1911), 373-74.  Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units 1861-1865, Bergeron Jr., Arthur W.  A Louisiana Volunteer, Letters of William J. Walter, 1861-1862, Southwest Review,  XIX (1933) 78-88, Davis, Edwin A., ed.  The History of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, New Orleans, 1886, Harris, D.W. and B.M. Hulse.  The Minden Blues:  Bull Run to Appomattox Court House, North Louisiana Historical Association Journal, VIII (1977), 65-75, Thomas, William, III.  Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, U.S. War Department (online).

1861 June 15; Organized at Camp Moore, Louisiana. July 17; Arrived in Manassas. July 21; Reserve Guard at Manassas. ~ Became part of 1st Louisiana Brigade. Wintered in northern Virginia and in the spring joined General Stonewall Jackson's army in the Shenandoah Valley.

1862 May 23; Participated in the capture of Front Royal. May 25; Winchester. May 30; Part of the regiment captured at Front Royal. June 8; Limited action at Cross Keys. June 9; Port Republic. June 27; Gaines' Mill. July 1; Malvern Hill. August 27-28; Skirmish at Bristoe Station and Kettle Run. August 29; Drove back Federal attack at 2nd Manassas. September 1; Chantilly. September 17; 103 killed or wounded at Sharpsburg. December 13; In reserve at Fredericksburg.

1863 May 3-4; Marye's Heights and Salem Church. June 13-14; In reserve at Winchester. July 1; Helped route part of the Federal army near Gettysburg. July 2; Lost flag in attack on Cemetery Hill. October 9-22; Bristoe Station Campaign. November 7; 162 captured at Rappahannock Station.

1864 May 5; Battle of the Wilderness. May 12; Helped stop Federal attack that overran most of the entrenchments known as the Mule Shoe. June 1-3; Cold Harbor. July 9; Monocacy. July 24; Winchester. August 25; Shepherdstown. September 19; Winchester. September 21-22; Fisher's Hill. October 19; Cedar Creek. December; Returned to Petersburg.

1865 February-March; Petersburg. April 9; 3 Officers and 54 enlisted men surrendered at Appomattox.


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