Found the following in an article entitled "Battle of Mansfield" in the March 25th, 1911 edition of the St. Landry (La) Clarion:
"A little while after the Twenty-eighth (La) regiment came up to my line, having lost in killed and wounded all their field officers, except their Adjutant. Two of their color-bearers also were killed or wounded. The regiment laid down. My first sergeant, Elie Gagnier asked leave to go and rally thm. Leave was granted. He started at a run, picked up their flag and called on them to follow, but it was not for long. He was wounded above the ankle and disabled and the flag was handed to Adjutant [W. F.] Blackman, who had been acting as adjutant of the division and who rallied the regiment and charged through the enemy's lines, routing them......."
"My second lieutenant, J. S. Webre, lost his right arm, my third lieutenant, Francois Gagnier, was shot above the knee and my color-beaerer was killed, his name was Benoit Bethancourt........
James B. Rosser, Adjutant
(18th Consolidated La. Infantry)