The 8th Louisiana Infantry enrolled 1,321 men during the Civil War. It lost 252 men killed or died of their wounds, 171 died of disease, 2 men murdered and 1 died in an accident. Eighty men deserted and 56 took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
Organized at Camp Moore, Louisiana.
Mustered in 889 men under Colonel Henry B. Kelly, Lt. Colonel Francis Nicholls and Major John Baptiste Eugene Prados. Seven companies mustered in for the duration of the war and the remaining three for three months.
The regiment mustered 889 men. The companies came from:
Company A - Creole Guards from East Baton Rouge Parish
Company B - Bienville Rifles from Orleans Parish
Company C - Attakapas Guards from St. Martin Parish
Company D - Sumter Guards from Orleans Parish
Company E - Franklin Sharpshooters from Franklin Parish
Company F - Opelousas Guards from St. Landry Parish
Company G - Minden Blues from Claiborne Parish
Company H - Cheneyville Rifles from Rapides Parish
Company I - Rapides Invincibles from Rapides Parish
Company K - Phoenix Company from Ascension Parish.
Six companies of the regiment arrived at Manassas and were assigned to the brigade of Brigadier General Milledge Bonham.
Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)
Reserve Guard. Attached to 1st Louisiana Brigade.
Major Prados was defeated during the reorganization.
Shenandoah Valley Campaign
Attached to Taylor's Louisiana Brigade of Ewell's Division, which joined Jackson's Army of the Valley in the Shenandoah.
Adjutant Trevanion D. Lewis was appointed major
Capture of Front Royal
First Battle of Winchester
Lt. Colonel Nicholls lost his left arm. Major Lewis took over command of the regiment.
Part of the regiment was captured at Front Royal.
Battles of Cross Keys and Port Republic
The regiment lost 9 men killed and 37 wounded
Seven Days Battles
The regiment lost 15 men killed and 69 wounded
Battle of Gaines' Mill
Battle of Malvern Hill
Battle of Cedar Mountain
Bristoe Station and Kettle Run
Second Battle of Manassas
Battle of Chantilly
Commanded by Major Tevannion D. Lewis. The regiment lost 103 casualties. Major Lewis was wounded.
Lt. Colonel Nicholls was promoted to brigadier general. Major Lewis was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Alcibiades de Blanc was promoted to major
Battle of Fredericksburg
The regiment was in reserve and suffered no casualties
Jubal Early was promoted to Major General. He had been commanding Ewell's Division since Alexander Lawton was wounded at Sharpsburg. The division would be known afterwards as Early's Division.
Colonel Kelly, who had frequently been absent due to illness, transferred to Military Court. Lieutenant Colonel Lewis was promoted to colonel, Major De Blanc promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain German A. Lester of Company E to major.
The regiment lost 12 killed and 71 wounded. Colonel Lewis was captured, Lieutenant Colonel DeBlanc was captured at Banks Ford and Major Lester was wounded.
Colonel Lewis and Lieutenant Colonel De Blanc were paroled from Old Capitol Prison and rejoined the regiment.
Second Battle of Winchester
Hay's Brigade circled around the west side of Winchester and assaulted the Star Fort on the northwest side of town. The 6th, 7th and 9th were in the front line with the 5th and 8th in support as the brigade stormed the fort, capturing its artillery and driving off the defenders. Captain Albert DeJean was killed.
The regiment was commanded by Colonel Trevanion D. Lewis and brought 296 men to the field. On July 1st it helped crush the Union Eleventh Corps north of Gettysburg. It lost heavily in the July 2 evening attack on Cemetery Hill, losing its colors, 14 men killed, 50 wounded and 11 captured. Colonel Lewis, Captain Victor St. Martin and Lieutenant A. Randolph were killed and Lt. Colonel DeBlanc was wounded. Major German A. Lester took command of the regiment after the attack.
Lieutenant Colonel De Blanc was promoted to Colonel while in the hospital at Lynchburg. He would not be able to return to the regiment. Major Lester was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
Battle of Bristoe Station
Battle of Rapahannock Station
The regiment was part of two brigades defending a bridgehead on the north bank of the Rappahannock River that was overrun in a rare night attack. Over 1,600 Confederate prisoners were taken from the eight understrength regiments defending the bridgehead, with only a few men swimming across the river at their backs. Of the 1200 men of Hays' Louisiana Brigade, 699 were captured. The 8th Louisiana lost 162 men captured.
Mine Run Campaign
500 of the 699 men from the brigade captured at Rappahannock Station were exchanged and returned to duty
The regiment with the rest of Hays' Brigade was transferred to Johnson's Division.
The regiment fought in the defense of the Mule Shoe
Lieutenant Colonel Lester was killed on June 1
The regiment moved to the Shenandoah Valley with the Second Corps to become part of Early's Army of the Valley.
Early's Shenandoah Valley Campaign
Assigned to Hays' Brigade (Colonel William R. Peck commanding) of Brigadier General Zebulon York's Consolidated Louisiana Brigade in Gordon's Division of the Army of the Valley
Commanded by Captain Louis Prados
Lieutenant Colonel De Blanc transferred to the Invalid Corps.
The ten regiments of the Louisiana brigade were reorganized as a battalion of six companies with less than 500 men, although it would continue to be referred to as a brigade. Colonel Raine Peck (at 6'3" and 300 pounds known as "Big Peck") was given command of the brigade.
The regiment left the Army of the Valley and returned to the Petersburg defences with the remnants of the Second Corps
Siege of Petersburg
Colonel Peck promotd to brigadier general and transferred to the Western Theater. Colonel Eugene Waggaman of the 10th Louisiana was given command of the brigade of 400 men
Battle of Fort Stedman
Final Assault on Petersburg
Battle of Sayler's Creek
Appomattox Court House
The regiment surrendered 3 officers and 54 enlisted men. The entire brigade ony had 373 men.