Louisiana 5th Infantry Regiment

Historical Notes:
The Louisiana 5th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at New Orleans, Louisiana, 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 totalled 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. Officers:

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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