Sixth Brigade, Army of the Potomac
Colonel H T Hays, commanding the 7th Louisiana Infantry
Seventh Louisiana Infantry
Mustered in Confederate service on 7 June, 1861
COLONEL H T HAYS
LIEUTENANT COLONEL C DE CHOISEUL
MAJOR D B PENN
- Company A Continental Guards: CAPT. G CLARK
On 10 January, 1861, Captain G Clark was ordered by Governor T O Moore to command an expedition to seize the Federal garrison at Fort Pike at the Rigolets (See the Fort Pike expedition)
- Company B Baton Rouge Fencibles: CAPT. A S HERRON
The company was organised at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was mustered in state service on 30 May, 1861.
- Company C Sarsfield Rangers: CAPT. J M WILSON
- Company D Virginia Guards: CAPT. R B SCOTT
- Company E Crescent Rifles, Company B: CAPT. H T JETTS
The company arrived at Camp Moore, near Taugipahoa Station, Louisiana, in the evening on 28 May, 1861.
- Company F Irish Volunteers: CAPT. W B RATLIFFe
- Company G American Rifles: CAPT. W D RICKARBY
- Company H Crescent Rifles, Company C: CAPT. H GILMAN
- Company I Virginia Blues: CAPT. D A WILSON, JR.
- Company K Livingston Rifles: CAPT. T M TERRY
"The three regiments were eager and ready for action, Hay's men having already pocketed forty rounds of ammunition and pinned strips of red flannel to their shirts to identify themselves as Confederates."
Lee's tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia, by Terry L Jones
"After remaining there for some time, Early received a request from Longstreet for one of Early's regiments. Early detailed Lieutenant Colonel P Hairston and six companies of the 24th Virginia Infantry, plus two companies of the 7th Louisiana Infantry."
A guide to Louisiana Confederate military units 1861–1865, by Arthur W Bergeron, Jr.
"A South Carolina company belonging to Kershaw's or Cash's regiment, which was on picket at the time their regiments moved from Mitchell's Ford, not being able to find its proper command, had joined me just as we were advancing against the enemy near Chinn's house, and had been attached to Hay's regiment, with which it went into action."
Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A., autobiographical sketch and narrative of the War Between the States, with notes by Jubal Anderson Early
"The portion of the brigade with me consisted of Colonel Kemper’s regiment, Seventh Virginia; Col. Harry T. Hays’ regiment, Seventh Louisiana, and six companies of my own regiment, the Twenty-fourth Virginia."
Report of Colonel Jubal A. Early, commanding Sixth Brigade, First Corps, Army of the Potomac
"The general commanding has directed to be sent to Fairfax Station some 6,000 wing badges, made in Richmond, which he wishes to be used by the infantry and cavalry of your brigade and that of General Ewell until otherwise directed. Your brigade will wear these badges the yellow side out, and General Ewell's the red side out. Each brigade commander will designate, at their option, the shoulder upon which the wing will be worn by his brigade. All pains and precautions must be taken to make the men of your command understand these badges and to regard them as the insignia of friends, who are not to be fired into under any pretense. It is the intention of the general that your artillery shall wear a different badge – perhaps a red flannel band around the cap or arm. This will be indicated in time and the flannel furnished. Colonel Cocke's brigade will wear a red flannel band badge around the cap or arm. This is communicated, so that it may be made known also to your several regiments, corps, and companies. The general trusts that after the recent catastrophe in one of our advanced brigades it will be unnecessary to impress on your men the need for coolness, an iron nerve, and all possible precautions against the slaughter of our own men."
Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, Manassas Junction, 8 July, 1861: Acting Assistant Adjutant General, Colonel T Jordan
Virginia Regimental Histories Series: Twenty-fourth Virginia Infantry, Second Edition, by R W Gunn
The 7th Louisiana Infantry was organised at Camp Moore, near Taugipahoa Station, Louisiana, in May 1861 and was mustered in Confederate service on 7 June, 1861. The regiment encamped at Camp Tracy, located at Camp Moore, near Taugipahoa Station, Louisiana. The 7th Louisiana Infantry was assigned as a reserve at the battle at Blackburn's Ford, Virginia, between 12 and 4 PM on 18 July, 1861, and was ordered to relieve the 17th Virginia Infantry (See the 17th Virginia Infantry).
On 25 July 1861, the Army of the Potomac was reorganised and the 7th Louisiana Infantry 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.