Crescent Regiment, Louisiana Infantry

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Brief History

The Crescent Regiment originated as a state militia unit and was organized with men from mostly from New Orleans. One of its original companies (about 100 men) came from Alexandria, LA. It entered Confederate service on March 6th, 1862. One month later it participated in the battle of Shiloh, playing an important role in the capture of two Federal divisions and re-taking three captured guns of the Washington Artillery. Disbanded at the end of its 90 day enlistment, it was re-organized in October, just in time to participate in the Battle of Labadieville, LA.

In early 1863 part of the regiment entered a pitched battle with the Union steamer Grey Cloud driving it back down Grand River. In April it fought in the Battle of Bisland. November 3rd of the same year the 11th and 12th infantry battalions were consolidated with the Crescent to form the Consolidated Crescent Regiment. This configuration would last through the end of the war when during the spring of 1865 it disbanded.[1]

Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin

Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.

Co A - Crescent City Guards (Co B) (Orleans)

Co B - Crescent Rifles (Orleans)

Co C - Louisiana Guards (Orleans)

Co D - Beauregard Rangers (Orleans)

Co E - Twiggs Guards (Orleans)

Co F - Crescent City Guards (Co C) (Orleans)

Co G - Marion Rangers (Orleans)

Co H - Crescent Blues (Orleans)

Co I - (1st) Orleans Cadets (Orleans)

Co I - (2nd) Davidson Guards (Orleans)

Co K - Sumter Rifles (Orleans)

Co L - Alexandria Rifles (Rapides)

Other Sources

National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).


  1. National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).

Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units - Arthur W Bergeron