Second Brigade, Army of the Potomac
Private A Lacombe, 6th Alabama Infantry, Company C, postwar
Sixth Louisiana Infantry
Mustered in Confederate service on 4 June, 1861. Companies A, D, F, and I arrived at Manassas Junction on 14 June, 1861, and Companies B, C, E, G, H, and K on 16 June, 1861
COLONEL I G SEYMOUR
LIEUTENANT COLONEL L LAY
MAJOR S L JAMES
- Company A Union and Sable Rifles: CAPT. A MCARTHUR
- Company B Calhoun Guards: CAPT. H B STRONG
- Company C St. Landry Light Guards: CAPT. N G OFFUTT
The company was organised at Washington, St Landry Parish, Louisiana, and was ordered to Camp Moore, Louisiana, on 26 May, 1861.
- Company D Tensa Rifles: CAPT. C B TENNEY
- Company E Mercer Rifle Guards: CAPT. T F WALKER
- Company F Irish Brigade, Company B: CAPT. W MONAGHAN
- Company G Pemberton Rangers: CAPT. I S SMITH
- Company H Orleans Rifles: CAPT. T F FISHER
- Company I Irish Brigade, Company A: CAPT. S L James
First Lieutenant J Hanlon was promoted to captain on 6 June, 1862.
- Company K Violet Guards: CAPT. W H MANNING
"Monaghan's Irishmen dug rifle pits along the stream and rested on their arms."
Irish rebels, Confederate tigers: A history of the 6th Louisiana Volunteers, by James P Gannon
Foreigners in the Confederacy, by Ella Lonn
A guide to Louisiana Confederate military organizations 1861–1865, by A W Bergerun, Jr.
The 6th Louisiana Infantry was organised at Camp Moore, Louisiana on 2 June, 1861, and eight companies were mustered in Confederate service for twelve months and two for the war on 4 June, 1861. Companies A, D, F, and I, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel L Lay, were ordered to Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, on 9 June, 1861, and Companies B, C, E, G, H, and K, under the command of Colonel I G Seymour and Major S L James, on 11 June, 1861. The 6th Louisiana Infantry arrived at Camp Pickens, Manassas Junction, on 14 and 16 June, 1861, and encamped along the Orange & Alexandria railroad, several miles east at Fairfax Station, Virginia. After the first battle of Manassas the regiment encamped a few miles east of Centreville, Virginia, and was reorganised in May 1862.
Captain R S Ewell, 1st United States Dragoons, resigned his commission on 7 May, 1861, and was commissioned a lieutensnt colonel of cavalry, Confederate States Army. Lieutenant Colonel R S Ewell was ordered to proceed to Camp Ashland, near Richmond, Virginia, in April 1861, and was ordered to Culpeper Courthouse, Virginia, on 10 June, 1861. As soon as Lieutenant Colonel R S Ewell arrived at Culpeper Courthouse, Virginia, he was ordered to Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia, and to assume command of the Warrenton Rifles, the Rappahannock Cavalry, and the Prince William Cavalry stationed at the post (See the Skirmish at Fairfax Courthouse).
On 25 July 1861, the Army of the Potomac was reorganised and the regiment was assigned to the Eighth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac, under the temporary command of Acting Brigadier General I G Seymour, senior colonel, 6th Louisiana Infantry.
Orders of Battle
The above painting, 'The Fourth Alabama', is by Don Troiani, modern America's finest historial artist.