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First Brigade, Army of the Potomac

Private T Taylor, 8th Louisiana Infantry

First Corporal T Taylor, 8th Louisiana Infantry, Company K

Eighth Louisiana Infantry

Mustered in Confederate service for one year and the war 19 and 23 June, 1861. Arrived at Manassas Junction, Virginia, 30 June and 1 July, 1861. Six companies were stationed at Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, and four companies at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, 21 July, 1861. Not engaged in the first battle of Manassas

COLONEL H B KELLY
H B Kelly was appointed colonel, 8th Louisiana Infantry, on 10 June, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for the war on 19 June, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL F R T NICHOLLS
Captain R F T Nicholls, Company K, was appointed lieutenant colonel, 8th Louisiana Infantry, on 9 June, 1861, and was mustered in Confederate service for the war on 19 June, 1861.

MAJOR J B PRADOS
Acting Assistant Adjutant General J B Prados, Louisiana State Troops, was stationed at Camp Walker, Metairie Racecourse, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on 3 May, 1861, and was appointed major, 8th Louisiana Infantry, on 10 June, 1861, dated 8 June, 1861. Major J B Prados, 8th Louisiana Infantry, was mustered in Confederate service for the war on 19 June, 1861.

Company A Creole Guards: CAPT. L J FREMAUX
The company was accepted in state service at East Baton Rouge, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 9 May, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Tangipahoa Station, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 23 May, 1861.
Company B Bienville Rifles: CAPT. A LAROSE
The company was accepted in state service at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 20 April, 1861, and arrived at the Lower Cotton Press, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 23 May, 1861. The company was stationed at the Lower Cotton Press, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 27 May, 1861, and was mustered in state service on 1 June, 1861. The company arrived by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 4 June, 1861.
Company C Attakapas Guards: CAPT. A DEBLANC
The company was accepted in state service at St Martinville, St Martin Parish, Louisiana, on 28 April, 1861.
Company D Sumter Guards: CAPT. F NEWMAN
The company was accepted in state service at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 27 April, 1861.
Company E Franklin Sharpshooters: CAPT. G A LESTER
The company was accepted in state service at Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, on 3 May, 1861, dated 22 April, 1861, and was stationed at Camp Oakley, near Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, Louisiana, on 5 May, 1861. The company was ordered to Tangipahoa Station, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, on 14 June, 1861, and arrived by the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas Railroad at Delhi, Richland Parish, Louisiana, in the evening the same day. The company was ordered to proceed by the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Texas Railroad to Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, in the morning on 15 June, 1861, and arrived by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, in the morning on 16 June, 1861. The company was mustered in state service for one year at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 17 June, 1861.
Company F Opelousas Guards: CAPT. J C PRATT
The company was accepted in state service at Opelousas, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana, on 15 May, 1861, and was was ordered to proceed by the steamer Anna Perret on the Bayou Courtableau or Opelousas River to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, at 10 AM on 9 June, 1861. The company arrived at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 10 June, 1861, and was mustered in state service in the morning on 11 June, 1861. The company arrived by New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 12 June, 1861.
Company G Minden Blues: CAPT. J L LEWIS
The company was accepted in state service at Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, on 19 May, 1861, and was ordered to proceed by the steamer Eleanor on the Red River to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 8 June, 1861. The company arrived by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 14 June, 1861.
Company H Cheneyville Rifles: CAPT. P F KEARY
The company was accepted in state service at Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, 15 May, 1861, and was stationed at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, on 8 June, 1861. The company arrived by the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 10 June, 1861.
Company I Rapides Invincibles: CAPT. L CRANDALL
The company was accepted in state at Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, on 21 May, 1861, and was ordered to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, the same day. The company was mustered in state service at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, by Acting Assistant Adjutant General J B Prados, on 26 May, 1861.
Company K Phoenix Company: CAPT. L D NICHOLLS
The company was accepted in state service at Donaldsonville, Asension Parish, Louisiana, under the command of Captain R F T Nicholls, on 28 May, 1861, and Captain R F T Nicholls was appointed lieutenant colonel, 8th Louisiana Infantry, on 9 June, 1861. First Lieutenant L D Nicholas, 8th Louisiana Infantry, Company K, was appointed captain, 8th Louisiana Infantry, Company K, at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 19 June, 1861.

Sources

"A few days afterwards we were mustered into the Confederate service, and on the 24th of June in company with the Cheneyville Rifles, Minden Blues, Bienville Rifles and Franklin Sharpshooters, left for Richmond, Va."

The Opelousas Patriot, 27 July, 1861 - Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, Va., 17 July, 1861

"There was not a single man of the 8th Regiment injured in that engagement. Six of its companies were stationed all day at Mitchell's Ford, on Bull Run, and were under fire of the enemy's batteries for most of the time; but being entrenched, they met with no casualty."

The Daily Delta, 13 August 1861 - Jackson Barracks, Historical Military Data on Louisiana Militia, Volume 113, pp10-15

"Several of Hay's companies and all of the 6th and 8th Louisiana Volunteers were particularly outraged because they were detailed to guard supplies and act as reserves during the historic battle."

Lee's tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia, by Terry L Jones

"This company (Franklin Sharpshooters) was one of the six companies of the 8th Louisiana Infantry that were ordered out of Camp Pickens, to Bull Run on the 17th and held the position at Mitchell's ford during the engagements of the 18th and 21st of July, 1861. Returned to Camp Pickens on the 23rd of the same month."

Records of Company E, Eighth Louisiana Infantry, the Franklin Sharpshooters, Housed in the National Archives

Supplement to the Official Records: Part II, Record of Events, Volume 69, Serial No.81: Record of events for the Eighth Louisiana Infantry, May 1861-March 1865, edited by James B Hewett

A guide to Louisiana Confederate military units 1861-1865, by Arthur W Bergeron, Jr.

Notes

The 8th Louisiana Infantry was organised at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 8 June, 1861, and Company A arrived on 23 May, 1861; Company B on 4 June, 1861; Company H on 10 June, 1861; Company F on 12 June, 1861; Company G on 14 June, 1861; and Company E on 16 June, 1861.

State Service

East Baton Rouge Barracks & Arsenal, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Company A, 12 January, 1861: The Creole Guards was ordered to seize the East Baton Rouge Barracks and Arsenal, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, under the command of Colonel L Hebert, East Baton Rouge Regiment, in the evening on 12 January, 1861 (See the Washington Battalion Artillery).

Note: The Sumter Guards was assigned to the American Rifle Battalion Infantry, under the command of Major C De Choiseul, American Rifles, on 3 May, 1861 (See the 7th louisiana Infantry).

Confederate Service

Mustered in one year & war, Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, 19 & 23 June, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies A, C, D, E, H, I, and K, were mustered in Confederate service for the war at Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, by First Lieutenant C W Phifer, cavalry, Confederate States Army, on 19 June, 1861, and Companies B, F, and G, for one year by Second Lieutenant J G Devereux, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery, Company I, for one year on 23 June, 1861.

Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, to Manassas, Virginia, Companies A, C, D, I, & K, 22-30 June, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies A, C, D, I, and K, were ordered to proceed by New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Manassas, Virginia, on 22 June, 1861, and arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad via Grand Junction, Fayette and Hardeman Counties; Knoxville, Knox County; and Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee; and Lynchburg, Virginia, on 30 June, 1861.

Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, to Lynchburg, Virginia, Companies B, E, F, G, & H, 23-30 June, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, E, F, G, and H, were ordered to proceed by New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad to Lynchburg, Virginia, on 23 June, 1861, and arrived by the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad via Grand Junction, Fayette and Hardeman Counties; Knoxville, Knox County; and Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee,in the morning on 30 June, 1861.

Lynchburg to Manassas Junction, Virginia, Companies B, E, F, G, & H, 30 June-1 July, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, E, F, G, and H, were ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Manassas Junction, Virginia, in the evening on 30 June, 1861, and arrived at 9 AM on 1 July, 1861.

Garrison duty at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, 1 July, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry was assigned to garrison duty at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No.81, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 1 July, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Virginia, to Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, Companies B, D, E, F, G, & K, 18 July, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, D, E, F, G, and K, under the command of Colonel H B Kelly, were ordered to the rear of Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, by Special Orders No.129, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, in the morning on 18 July, 1861, dated 17 July, 1861, and was accompanied by the 11th North Carolina Infantry (See the 11th North Carolina Infantry). Companies B, D, E, F, G, and K arrived at the rear of Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, the same day.

Note: Colonel H B Kelly was assigned to command the 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, D, E, F, G, and K, and the 11th North Carolina Infantry at the rear of Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, by Special Orders No.129, Paragraph III, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 17 July, 1861.

Manassas Junction, Virginia, Companies A, C, H, & I, 21 July, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies A, C, H, and I, were stationed at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 21 July, 1861 (See the Garrison at Camp Pickens).

After the first battle of Manassas the 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, D, E, F, G, and K, were stationed at Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, in the evening on 21 July, 1861.

Note: A detachment of fifty men of the 8th Louisiana Infantry, under the command of Major J B Prados, were ordered to escort prisoners to Richmond, Virginia, by Special Orders No.144, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 22 July, 1861.

Mitchell's Ford, on the Bull Run River, to Manassas Junction, Virginia, Companies B, D, E, F, G, & K, 23 July, 1861: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, Companies B, D, E, F, G, and K, were ordered to Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No.152, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 23 July, 1861, and were assigned to garrison duty between 23 July and 17 September, 1861.

Note: The 8th Louisiana Infantry was assigned to the Eighth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Acting Brigadier General & Colonel I G Seymour, 6th Louisiana Infantry, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 25 July, 1861.

Organisation of Eighth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, 25 July, 1861: 1st Louisiana Special Battalion Infantry, 6th Louisiana Infantry, 7th Louisiana Infantry, 8th Louisiana Infantry, 9th Louisiana Infantry

Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Colonel H B Kelly, 8th Louisiana Infantry, 1 August, 1861: Colonel H B Kelly, 8th Louisiana Infantry, was assigned to command Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No. 191, Paragraph II, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 1 August, 1861.

Note: Colonel G H Terrett, Provisional Army of Virginia, was assigned a leave of absence for a week by Special Orders No. 191, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 1 August, 1861, and resigned on 22 August, 1861.

Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, Colonel H B Kelly, 8th Louisiana Infantry, 22 August, 1861: Colonel H B Kelly, 8th Louisiana Infantry, was assigned to command Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No. 258, Paragraph II, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 22 August, 1861.

Note: The 8th Louisiana Infantry was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 18 September, 1861, and arrived at Camp Bieneville, near Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day.

Surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, 9 April, 1865: The 8th Louisiana Infantry, under the command of Colonel E Waggaman, surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, Appomattox County, Virginia, on 9 April, 1865.

Brigadier General M L Bonham, Confederate States Army, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac: Major General M L Bonham, South Carolina Militia, was appointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 23 April, 1861, and arrived by the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad at Richmond, Virginia, at 6 PM on 24 April, 1861. He was accompanied by the 1st South Carolina Infantry, Companies A, B, C, E, H, I, K, and L, and was assigned to command the Department of Alexandria and establish headquarters at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, by Special Orders No.95, Headquarters, Virginia Forces, Richmond, Virginia, on 21 May, 1861 (See the 1st South Carolina Infantry). Brigadier General M L Bonham, Confederate States Army, was ordered to proceed by the Virginia Central Railroad to Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 22 May, 1861, and was accompanied by the 1st South Carolina Infantry. He arrived by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, via Culpeper Courthouse, Culpeper County, and Gordonsville, Orange County, Virginia, on 23 May, 1861, and was assigned to command the the troops stationed at Fairfax County, Virginia, and the 2nd South Carolina Infantry by Special Orders No. 1 and General Orders No.9, Headquarters, Department of Alexandria, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 4 June, 1861 (See the 2nd South Carolina Infantry). Brigadier General M L Bonham, Confederate States Army, was ordered to Centreville, Fairfax County, Virginia, between 4 and 9 June, 1861, and was accompanied by the Black Horse Troop (See Munford's Squadron Cavalry). He was assigned to command the First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, by General Orders No.20, Paragraph I, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 20 June, 1861, and reappointed brigadier general, Confederate States Army, on 21 October, 1861, dated 14 July, 1861.

Note: Brigadier general P G T Beauregard assumed command of the Department of Alexandria at Camp Pickens, near Manassas Junction, Virginia, on 2 June, 1861.

Camp Walker, Metairie Racecourse, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 29 April, 1861: Camp Walker was set up at Metairie Racecourse, Metairie, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, under the command of Brigadier General E L Tracy, First Brigade, First Division, Louisiana State Troops, on 29 April, 1861.

Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Railroad, one & a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, 11 May, 1861: The Irish Brigade, Company A, under the command of Captain S L James, was ordered to set up Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northen Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, in the evening on 11 May, 1861, and was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel H Forno, 5th Louisiana Infantry (See the 6th Louisiana Infantry).

Note: Brigadier General E L Tracy, First Brigade, First Division, Louisiana State Troops, was assigned to command Camp Moore, on the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northen Railroad, one and a half miles above Tangipahoa Station, St Helena (Tangipahoa) Parish, Louisiana, on 12 May, 1861, and was stationed at Camp Tracey, Tangipahoa, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, on 28 May, 1861.

The 8th Louisiana Infantry was assigned to the Eighth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the command of Acting Brigadier General & Colonel I G Seymour, 6th Louisiana Infantry, by Special Orders No.169, Paragraph I, Headquarters, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, on 25 July, 1861 (See the 6th Louisiana Infantry).

Reports

OFFICIAL REPORT No.86: Series I, Volume 2 (Serial No.2), pp518-521
Brigadier General M L Bonham, Confederate States Army, First Brigade, Army of the Potomac, dated Camp Gregg, near Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, 1 August, 1861