Trevanion D Lewis

Trevanion D Lewis

Civil War (Confederate) · Confederate Army
Civil War (Confederate) (1861 - 1865)
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Eighth Infantry

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8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment

    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.

    June 15

    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.

    July 17

    Six companies of the regiment arrived at Manassas and were assigned to the brigade of Brigadier General Milledge Bonham.

    July 21

    Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)

    Reserve Guard. Attached to 1st Louisiana Brigade.

    October 21

    The regiment was brigaded under Brigadier General Taylor with the 6th7th and 9th Louisiana Infantry Regiments and Wheat's Battalion and was assigned to Ewell's Division.


    Northern Virginia



    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.

    May 7

    Adjutant Trevanion D. Lewis was appointed major

    May 23

    Capture of Front Royal

    May 25

    First Battle of Winchester

    Lt. Colonel Nicholls lost his left arm. Major Lewis took over command of the regiment.

    May 30

    Part of the regiment was captured at Front Royal.

    June 1

    Mount Caramel

    June 8-9

    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

    June 27

    Battle of Gaines' Mill

    July 1

    Battle of Malvern Hill

    August 9

    Battle of Cedar Mountain

    August 27-28

    Bristoe Station and Kettle Run

    August 29

    Second Battle of Manassas

    September 1

    Battle of Chantilly

    Maryland Campaign

    91 casualties

    September 12-15

    Siege and Capture of Harpers Ferry

    September 17

    Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

    Commanded by Major Tevannion D. Lewis. The regiment lost 103 casualties. Major Lewis was wounded.

    October 15

    Lt. Colonel Nicholls was promoted to brigadier general. Major Lewis was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Alcibiades de Blanc was promoted to major

    December 13

    Battle of Fredericksburg

    The regiment was in reserve and suffered no casualties


    January 19

    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.

    April 6

    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.

    May 3-4

    Marye's Heights and Salem Church (Chancellorsville Campaign)

    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.

    May 18

    Colonel Lewis and Lieutenant Colonel De Blanc were paroled from Old Capitol Prison and rejoined the regiment.

    June 13

    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.

    July 1-3

    Battle of Gettysburg

    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.

    October 9-22

    Battle of Bristoe Station

    November 7

    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

    May 5

    Battle of the WIlderness

    May 8

    The regiment with the rest of Hays' Brigade was transferred to Johnson's Division.

    May 12

    Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

    The regiment fought in the defense of the Mule Shoe

    June 1-3

    Battle of Cold Harbor

    Lieutenant Colonel Lester was killed on June 1


    Lynchburg Campaign


    The regiment moved to the Shenandoah Valley with the Second Corps to become part of Early's Army of the Valley.

    June 1864

    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

    July 9

    Battle of Monocacy

    Commanded by Captain Louis Prados

    August 15

    Lieutenant Colonel De Blanc transferred to the Invalid Corps.

    August 25


    September 19

    Third Battle of Winchester

    September 21-22

    Battle of Fisher's Hill

    October 19

    Battle of Cedar Creek


    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

    February 5-7

    Battle of Hatcher's Run

    February 18

    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

    March 25

    Battle of Fort Stedman

    April 2

    Final Assault on Petersburg

    April 6

    Battle of Sayler's Creek

    April 9

    Appomattox Court House

    The regiment surrendered 3 officers and 54 enlisted men. The entire brigade ony had 373 men.

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