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COMPANY B
1st REGIMENT LOUISIANA ARTILLERY

Organzied 5 Feb 1861, Company B was first commanded by John C. MOORE. During the fall and winter of 1861 they helped defend Fort Jackson and Fort St. Philip below New Orleans.

The company fought well against Union admiral David Garragut's fleet during the bombardment and passage of the forts and were included in the surrender and parole of the garrisons on April 26th, 1862. Those captured received their exchanges in the fall, and most returned to their command.

The fall and winter of 1862-1863 was extremely hard on the men from sickness, but they moved to assist in manning the cannons in the lower river batteries at Vicksburg, Mississippi. During the Siege of Vicksburg - May 19th to July 4th, 1863 - they fired their cannons at enemy gunboats on the river and enemy batteries on the Louisiana shore.

When the surrender at Vicksburg came, they went into a camp for paroled prisoners at Enterprise, Mississippi. After the exchange, Company B went to Mobile, Alabama, arriving on 16 January 1864. From then until summer, they and other companies manned various redoubts along the Mobile land defenses. Additionally, they provided support to the cavalry force in northern Mississippi. During the Battle of Tupelo, the men acted as an infantry reserve. By August of 1864, Company B men reoccupied redoubts at Mobile.

On April 11th of 1865, the company was dismantled and evacuated from Mobile, camping at Cuba Station, Alabama. The men surrendered with the army of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor and received their paroles at Meridian, Mississippi.

When a roster for Company B is located, the names will be posted.

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