Davidson Bradfute Penn

6th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Hanlon 218 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Union and Sabine Guards

Co. B Calhoun Guards

Co. C St. Landry Light Guards

Co. D Tensas Rifles

Co. E Mercer Guards

Co. F Irish Brigade Co,

Co. G Pemberton Rangers

Co. H Orleans Rifles

Co. i Irish Brigade Co. A

Co. K Violet Guards

8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Co/one/ Trevanion D. Lewis 296 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Creole Guards

Co. B Bienville Rifles

Co. C Attakapas Guards

Co. D Sumter Guards

Co. E Franklin Sharpshooters

Co. F Opelousas Guards

Co. G Minden Blues

Co. H Cheneyviile Rifles

Co. I Rapides Invincibfes

Co. K Phoenix Co.

Brigadier-General Harry Thompson Hays, 43 years old, was raised in Mississippi and practiced law in New Orleans. His only previous military experience had been in the Mexican War, but he was able to handle a tough band of Louisianans.

From the time of their arrival in Virginia, Louisiana troops as a whole suffered a bad reputation for drunkenness, poor discipline, desertion, and pillaging. Much of this reputation stemmed from the behaviour of Wheat's and Coppens' battalions and a general prejudice against foreigners. The vast majority of the 5th Louisiana were labourers and clerks with about two-fifths of the total foreign born. The 6th, known as the 'Irish Brigade', had the highest percentage of

7th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Co/one/ Davidson Bradfute Penn 235 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Continental Guards

Co. B Baton Rouge Fencibles

Co. C Sarsfield Rangers

Co. D Virginia Guards

Co. E Crescent City Rifles Co. B

Co. F Irish Volunteers

Co. G American Rifles

Co. H Crescent City Rifles Co. C

Co. I Virginia Blues

Co. K Livingston Rifles

Battle flag, claimed to be that of the 8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment, captured at Rappahannock Station in November 1863.

8th Louisiana Infantry

foreign-born members at 54%. The 7th, described by Richard Taylor as a "crack" regiment, had about one-third of its men born in Louisiana and one-third in Ireland. The 8th, comprised mostly of farmers and labourers, had soldiers born in at least eighteen foreign countries with a conspicuous Creole component. The 9th had the largest percentage of native-born Louisiana soldiers and was to have three brigadiergenerals promoted from its officer corps.

No one questioned the Louisiana soldiers' toughness. Hays himself was also tough enough to control them. On the eve of the Gettysburg Campaign, Hays and his brigade had been together for ten months and established a hard-hitting reputation.

9th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

Colonel Leroy Augustus Stafford 347 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Moore Fencibles

Co. B Stafford Guides

Co. C Bienville Blues

Co. D Bossier Volunteers

Co. E Milliken Send Guards

Co. F DeSoto Blues

Co. G Colyell Guards

Co. H Brush Valley Guards

Co. I Washington Rifles

Early's Division - Hoke's (Avery's) Brigade

Hoke's North Carolina Brigade comprised three veteran combat units. Two of them had long service records and had contributed officers to the army's higher command echelon. The 6th North Carolina State Troops formed in Charlotte in May 1861. It fought at First Manassas in Bee's Brigade where one of its captains, Isaac Avery, received a wound. At one time, William D. Pender had been its colonel.

When he was promoted, Avery, who had fought with the regiment at Seven Pines, became the 6th's colonel. An officer observed that "there was no fall back In Avery," a point proven again when Avery received a severe wound at Gaines' Mill. The regiment's ferocious combat ability earned it the nickname "the Bloody Sixth."

The 21st North Carolina Troops, initially called the 11th Regiment, formed in Danville, Virginia in June 1861 and fought with Bonham's Brigade at First Manassas. Before promotion to Brigadier-General, Robert Hoke had been the unit's colonel In contrast, the 57th North Carolina Troops formed In July 1862. Its introduction to combat came at Fredericksburg. On that field the 21st served in Trimble's Brigade, which became Hoke's command, while the 6th and 57th served in Law's Brigade of Hood's Division.

The 6th North Carolina transferred to Hoke's Brigade in January 1863. Colonel Avery, who had recovered from his wound, returned that spring to command.


Colonel Isaac Erwin Averyl Colonel Archibald Campbell Godwin 2 Staff and Field Officers

For the first time, during the Chancellorsville Campaign the three regiments served together in the same brigade along with two other North Carolina units. As part of Early's Division, it defended the Fredericksburg position on May 3 and participated in the May 4 assault against Sedgwick. The Brigade suffered 230 casualties during the campaign. When Hoke received a serious wound, Colonel Avery assumed command. He was a strict disciplinarian and

6th North Carolina State Troops

Major Samuel McDowell Tate 509 troops present for duty equipped

Co. A Name not available

Co. B Name not available

Co. C Name not available

Co. D Name not available

Co. E Name not available

Co. F Name not available

Co. G Name not available

Co. H Caswell Boys

Co. I Cedar Fork Rifles

Co. K Name not available

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