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4th Louisiana Infantry Regiment, CSA
St. Helena Rifles

4th Infantry Battalion was organized during the summer of 1861 and in September its six companies were ordered to Virginia. The men were recruited in the parishes of Madison, Ouachita, Franklin, Tensas, and Concordia. After serving in the Army of the Kanawha, it moved to South Carolina and was active in the conflict at Secessionville. Later the unit was ordered to Mississippi, then was assigned to Wilson's, D.W. Adams', and Gibson's Brigade. It fought with the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Nashville and in 1865 it aided in the defense of Mobile. The battalion lost 6 killed and 22 wounded out of the 250 engaged at Secessionville, totaled 116 men and 38 arms in December, 1863, and had 71 present for duty in November, 1864. It surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. The field officers were Lieutenant Colonel John McEnery, and Majors Duncan Buie and George C. Waddill.

The St. Helena Rifles were organized in Greensburg, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana, in November, 1860.  Left Greensburg on the 28th day of April, 1861, for New Orleans, were mustered into the State service at that place on the 30th day of the same month, and attached as Company "F" to the Fourth Regiment Louisiana Volunteers.  Remained at Camp Walker about two weeks and were ordered thence to Camp Moore, and there transferred to the service of the Confederate States, in May, 1861.  From Camp Moore the Company was ordered to the Mississippi Coast, thence to Berwick's Bay, thence to Jackson, Tenn., thence to Corinth, thence to Vicksburg, thence to Baton Rouge, thence to Port Hudson, thence to Jackson, Miss., thence to Mobile, thence to Dalton, Ga., thence returned to Mobile, thence to Brandon, thence returned to Mobile, thence to Bon Scour, thence to the Army of the Tennessee, under command of Gen. Johnson, then confronting the Federal army under Gen. Sherman, near New Hope Church, Ga. and remained with that command until captured near Nashville, Tenn. in the memorable winter of 1864. 

During the war the St. Helena Rifles were engaged in the battles of Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Jackson, New Hope Church, Altoona Valley, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Lick Skillet, Jonesboro, Franklin and Nashville.  Some members of the Company were in the seige of Port Hudson, and at Spanish Fort, and a detail also accompanied the expedition that captured the United States gunboat Indianola, on the Mississippi River, between Vicksburg and Grand Gulf, in the winter of 1863.  In all of the battles, on all of the marches, and under all circumstances, the St. Helena Rifles fully sustained the high renown won by the brave, gallant and chivalrous soldiers of the Confederacy; shrinking from no duty, no matter how onerous, and braving every danger for the sake of Southern independence.  Peace to the ashes of those who fill the sacred and hallowed graves of Southern soldiers. Success and prosperity to those who survive.  Appended is a list of the Officers and Men, those who were killed, wounded, died in hospitals or at home, transferred, discharged, promoted, etc.  This list is believed to be accurate and reliable in every particular.

1. J. BUNYON TAYLOR, Captain - Mortally wounded at Shiloh.
2. H.M. CARTER, 1st Lieutenant - Slightly wounded at  Shiloh;  afterward organized and was elected Colonel of a Battalion of Cavalry.
3. JAMES B. COCKERN, 2nd Lieutenant - Promoted to Captain and Inspector General on Gen. Allen's Staff; afterward organized and was elected Major of a Battalion of Cavalry.
4. THOMAS SPILLER, 2nd Junior Lieutenant - Resigned in October 1861; died at home of disease contracted while in the army.

1. P.R. BREWER, 1st Sergeant - Elected Lieutenant January , 1863; taken prisoner near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
2. W.N. HYDE, 2nd Sergeant - Killed at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864.
3. JAMES M. BLOW, 3rd Sergeant - Wounded at Baton Rouge, and also at Spanish Fort.
4. WM. L. QUIN, 4th Sergeant - Died at Canton, Miss., May, 1862.
5. H.T. A(illegible), 5th Sergeant - Killed at Shiloh, April 7, 1862.

1. C.C. Thompson, 1st  Corporal - Killed at Shiloh, April 6, 1862.
2. B.C. Quin, 2nd  Corporal - Transferred to Stockdale's Cavalry Battalion in 1863:  afterward promoted to Lieutenant in the same.
3. R.J. Carter, 3rd Corporal - Transferred to Wingfield's Cavalry Battalion in 1863:  afterward promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Carter's Cavalry Battalion.
4. A.C. Dean, 4th Corporal - Wounded near Atlanta, Ga., August 18th, 1864.
 

Partial Roster

Company A

Henry O. Achord. Private.

Company B

Charles Bates. Private-Captain.

John Bates. Private.

William Stuart Bates (1817-1874). Private. Husband of Sarah Ann Allen. Buried in Bates Cemetery, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.

Company D

James Y. Williams. Private. Buried in Days Cemetery, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.

Company F

Augustin Allen. Seargent.

Company H

Andrew Allen. Private.

Company I

Thomas H. "Blackhead Tom" Allen (1844-1923) Private. Son of William Davis Allen and Laminda Holden, husband of Marganie L. Bridges. Was taken prisoner at Nashville in December 1864. Buried in Days United Methodist Cemetery, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.

John Holden Allen (1833-1920) Private. Son of William Davis Allen and Laminda Holden, husband of Missouri Susan Roberts.

John S. Allen. Private-Corporal. Afterward promoted to Sergeant; wounded near Atlanta, Ga., August, 1864.

David Taylor Easley (1839-1910). Private. Son of John Easley and Margaret Taylor, husband of Elizabeth J. Bates. Buried in Bates Cemetery, St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.

George G. Easley. Private. Mortally wounded at Shiloh.

H. W. Easley. Private.

J. W. Easley. Private. Transferred to the 3rd Louisiana Calvary Regiment (Wingfield's) in 1863.

N. Q. Easley. Private. Wounded at Shiloh; discharged in 1863.

W. A. Easley. Private. Wounded at Baton Rouge.

W. E. Easley. Private. Discharged in 1863.


4. Addison, W.P. - Afterward promoted to Sergeant; Killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31, 1864.
5. Addison, I.A. - Transferred to Trans-Mississippi Department, 1863.
6. Arbuthnot, W.C. - Died at home in 1862, from disease contracted in the army.
7. Arbuthnot, J.W. - Wounded at Baton Rouge and discharged in consequence, 1863.
8. Belue, J.L. - Died at Camp Moore, June, 1861.
9. Brewer, A.A. - Wounded at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864; promoted Sergeant in 1864.
10. Brewer, T.G. - Killed at Jonesboro, Ga, 31st August, 1864.
11. Bennett, E. - Transferred to ______in 1863.
12. Bennett, W.T. - Wounded at Shiloh, Baton Rouge, New Hope Church; and also wounded twice and taken prisoner at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864.
13. Bickham, J.S. - Died at Edwards' Depot, 1862.
14. Bickham, T.A. - Captured near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
15. Barron, J.W. - Wounded at Shiloh; taken prisoner near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
16. Ballard, H.W. - Died at Clinton, Miss., May, 1862.
17. Bridges, G. - Wounded at Shiloh; being under age, was discharged in July, 1862.
18. Bradford, R.W. - Transferred to 16th Louisiana Regiment, July, 1863; died in 1864.
19. Clayton, J.R. - Killed at Shiloh.
20. Corkern, S.C. - Wounded near Marietta, Ga., July 4th, 1864; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st, 1864.
21. Crittenden, B.P. - Transferred to Pointe Coupee Artillery in 1863.
22. Crittenden, J.H. - Discharged, June 1861.
23. Carter, H. - Promoted to Sergeant in 1862; in 1863 promoted to Captain in Carter's Cavalry Battalion.
24. Carter, A. - Wounded at Jackson, Miss., July 1863; died in hospital in Alabama.
25. Carter, I.F.
26. Carter, Laban - Wounded at Shiloh, and also at Baton Rouge.
27. Carter, W.M. - Taken prisoner near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
28. Carter, C.W. - Taken prisoner near Nashville, December 17, 1864; died Camp Chase.
29. Daliet, Jules - Taken prisoner at Altoona Valley, in June 1864.
30. Eady, E.S. - Transferred to Army of Northern Virginia, in 1863.
31. Edwards, C.H.
38. Friehland, Columbus - Transferred to Trans-Mississippi Department in 1863.
39. Furlow, John - Taken prisoner near Nashville, December 16, 1864.
40. Frierson, W.G.
41. Gyles, J.R. - Wounded near Atlanta, Ga, 28th July, 1864; appointed Ensign; taken prisoner near Nashville, December 16, 1864.
42. Glasscock, G.W. - Wounded at Shiloh; died at home in 1862.
43. Goodman, E. - Transferred to Beaver Creek Rifles in 1861; killed in 1865.
44. George, John - Discharged in 1861.
45. Hyde, C.H. - Appointed Hospital Steward in 1863.
46. Hutchinson, S.P. - Killed at Baton Rouge.
47. Hutchinson, M.S. - Killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st, 1864.
48. Hurst, T.W. - Transferred to a Mississippi Regiment in 1863.
49. Hart, James.
50. Jones, A.O. - Wounded and taken prisoner at Shiloh; the only man of the Company that was with the Brigade at the time of the general surrender.
51. Jenkins, James A. - Died in hospital in 1862.
52. Kemp, T.D. - Discharged in 1861.
53. Killian, J.D. - Orderly Sergeant in 1863; elected Lieutenant in 1864; wounded at Jonesboro, August, 1864, and captured at Spanish Fort in 1865.
54. Lambert, Joseph - Died at Edwards' Depot, 1862.
55. Kennon, C.E. - Elected 1st Lieutenant at the reorganization of Regiment in May, 1862; promoted to Captain in 1864; captured near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
56. Kemp, S.W. - Appointed Sergeant in 1864; wounded at Jonesboro, Ga.
57. Morgan, D.A. - Killed at Baton Rouge, 1862.
58. Mayfield, J.M. - Died since close of war.
59. Nettles, J.M. - Elected Lieutenant at reorganization of Regiment, May, 1862; resigned in September, 1862.
60. Nichols, _____-- discharged in 1861.
61. Parker, J. G. - Died at Mobile in 1863.
62. Pipes, J.H. - Being over age, was discharged in 1862.
63. Richards, A.P. - Wounded at Shiloh, 1862, and also near Atlanta in 1864.
64. Raborn, W. T. - Wounded at Shiloh; elected Orderly Sergeant in 1862; died at Mobile in 1863.
65. Ramsey, W.H. - Elected 2nd Lieutenant at the reorganization of Regiment in May, 1862; promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1864.
66. Staples, J.M.
67. Saunders, H.A. - Slightly wounded at Jackson, Miss.; died in hospital in Georgia in 1863.
68. Self, W.D. - Taken prisoner at Port Hudson; wounded at Kenesaw Mountain, June 1864, and also at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st, 1864.
69. Self, W.B. - Elected Corporal in 1862; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st , 1864.
70. Spencer, W.T. - Transferred to Medical Department in 1861
71. Thompson, B.W. - Discharged in 1862.
72. Travis, H.D. - Died at home in 1862 of disease contracted in the army.
73. Taylor, J.M. - Died at Berwick's Bay, 1862.
74. Viers, H.K. - Appointed Sergeant in 1863; promoted to Orderly Sergeant in 1864.
75. Wright, J.M. - Appointed Corporal in 1863; wounded at New Hope Church, May 27, 1864.
76. Williams, M.C. - Wounded near Atlanta, 28th July 1864.
77. Webb, James - Wounded at Port Hudson; afterward captured and died in prison.
78. Watson, T.G. - Elected Sergeant in 1862; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August, 1864.
79. Watson, G.W. - Wounded at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864.
80. Watson, J.L. - Transferred to 27th Louisiana Regiment in 1863; afterward killed at the siege of Vicksburg.
81. Watson, J.C. - Wounded and taken prisoner at Shiloh; transferred to 27th Louisiana Regiment, and captured at siege of Vicksburg.
82. Womack, J.K. - 1st Corporal in 1861; elected Lieutenant in October 1861; elected Captain at the reorganization of Regiment, May 1862.
83. Womack, J.H. - Elected Corporal in 1862; Killed near Atlanta, August 1864.
84. Womack, G.W. - Sergeant from September, 1863, to April, 1864; wounded near Atlanta, Ga., August, 1864; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864.
85. Womack, W.F. - Discharged in 1862.
86. Youngblood, J.T. - Died in hospital in 1862.
87. Youngblood, W.H. - Discharged in 1862; afterward joined the enemy.
88. Zachary, T.W. - Wounded at Shiloh; elected Sergeant in May, 1862; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st, 1864.
89. Brewer, J.H. - Transferred to Company in 1863; captured at Port Hudson.
90. Cohe, David - Joined in 1862; died at Canton in 1863.
91. Carter, Martin - Joined Company in 1864; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., August 31st, 1864.
92. Dennis, _____, -- Joined Company in 1863; captured at Port Hudson.
93. Day, M.P. - Transferred to Company from 27th Louisiana Regiment in 1863; appointed Sergeant in 1864; captured near Nashville, December 17, 1864.
94. Eddins, P. - Transferred to Company from an Alabama Regiment in 1863.
95. Easley, D.T. - Transferred to Company in 1863.
96. Green, Wm. - Transferred to Company in 1863; since killed.
97. Goodman, David. - Joined Company May, 1864; captured at Spanish Fort in 1865.
98. Knippers, H. - Joined Company May, 1862; wounded at Jonesboro Ga., 1864.
99. Knippers, T.B. - Joined May, 1862; killed at Jonesboro, Ga., 1864.
100. Knippers, L.W. - Joined in 1862.
101. Kent, T.H. - Transferred to Company from 27th Louisiana Regiment in 1863; wounded and captured near Nashville, December, 1864.
102. Lea, R. - Transferred to Company in 1863; transferred to a Mississippi Regiment in 1864.
103. Strickland, C.D. - Joined Company in 1862; wounded near Atlanta, 28th July, and also at Jonesboro, Ga., 31st August, 1864.
104. Shaw, J.W. - Joined Company in 1862.
105. Story, Wm. - Transferred to Company in 1863.
106. Womack, N.B. - Joined in 1862; wounded near Atlanta, Ga., 28th July, 1864.
107. Womack, H.P. - Transferred to Company from the 16th Louisiana Regiment, 1863.
108. Yule, Thomas - Joined in May, 1862; detached in 1863.
109. Zachary, C.A. - Joined in 1862; afterward promoted to Lieutenant of Cavalry.

RECAPITULATION
Total number of officers and men belonging to the Company from the date of its organization to the surrender of the Confederate armies..................................................................................................122
Number killed in battle., 19; mortally wounded, 2......................................................  21
Died in hospitals, 13; died at home from disease contracted in service,.4. .................. 17
Killed at home during the war, 1; killed since the close of the war,.1..........................   2
Died in Federal prison, 2; died since the close of the war,.1.......................................   3
Wounded during the war, 34; captured, 21...............................................................  55
Transferred to other organizations, 17; discharged, 12...............................................  29
Number of recruits that joined after January, 1862....................................................  12
Transferred to the company from other organizations.................................................   9
Number promoted in the Company – Commissioned, 10; Non-Commissioned, 15....  25
 


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