The 5th Louisiana Infantry Regiment completed its organization at New Orleans, LA, in May, 1861 with men from New Orleans and the parishes of St. Bernard, Bienville, De Soto, Lafourche, and Ouachita. Ordered to Virginia and assigned to the Department of the Peninsula, the unit totaled 744 men in April, 1862. During the war it was attached to General McLaws', Semmes', Hays', and York's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It participated in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, marched with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, then was involved in the Appomattox operations. The regiment reported 27 casualties at Manassas Junction, 50 at Sharpsburg, 53 at Chancellorsville, and 7 at Second Winchester. It lost more than thirty percent of the 196 engaged at Gettysburg and had 123 captured at Rappahannock Station. Only 1 officer and 18 men surrendered in April, 1865.


      Henry Forno
      Theodore G. Hunt
    Lieutenant Colonels:

      William T. Dean
      Bruce Menger
      Alexander Hart


    Dam No. 1, or Lee's Mill, April 16, 1862
    Williamsburg, May 4
    New Bridge, May 24
    White Oak Swamp, June 29
    Cedar Mountain
    Bristoe Station, August 26
    Kettle Run, August 27
    2nd Manassas, August 29-30
    Chantilly, September 1
    Sharpsburg, September 17
    Fredericksburg, December 13
    Salem Church, May 4
    Winchester, June 13-15
    Gettysburg, July 1
    Cemetery Hill, July 2
    Rappahannock Station, November 7
    Wilderness, May 5, 1864
    Spotsylvania, May 9-19
    Mule Shoe, May 12
    Petersburg Siege
    Appomattox, April 9, 1865


    Company A ~ Crescent City Guards
    Company B ~ Chalmette Rifle Guards
    Company C ~ Bienville Guards
    Company D ~ DeSoto Rifles
    Company E ~ Orleans Cadet Company B
    Company F ~ Orleans Southrons
    Company G ~ Louisiana Swamp Rangers
    Company H ~ Perret Guards
    Company I ~ Carondelet Invincibles
    Company K ~ Monroe Guards



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