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Aaron Goins

Enlisted as a Private April 30, 1862 at Rapides, La,, "C" Co. LA 27th Infantry - Residence Natchitoches Parish

Captured at Vicksburg July 4, 1863 and subsequently paroled, surrendered under the command of Col. Grogran at New Orleans, La May 26, 1865
and paroled at Alexandria, La June 13, 1865,


Alfred Goins

Enlisted as a Private September 29, 1861 at Camp Moore, La., "G" Co. LA 16th Infantry

Jan/Feb 64', "Absent, wounded since May 9, 1862 by order Dr. ?????," Mar/Apr 64' "Deceased, time unknown"


As was the routine for so many volunteer regiments from Louisiana, companies were formed by an individual from the community such as a doctor, lawyer or businessman. In many cases they formed, elected officers, practiced some crude form of drill, all with an anticipated departure date to eventually meet with other companies and be formed into regiments. The "Walker Roughs" as they were known when they left Springfield, La. in August 1861, were brought together by Dr. William E. Walker, their first Captain. Once formed into the 16th in September of that same year, the Walker Roughs became Co. D and were designated the color company of the Regiment, carrying a hand-sewn silk First National flag, painstakingly created by the ladies of Springfield. This flag would be their standard at Shiloh where the Sgt. Major of the regiment was mortally wounded while advancing the colors.

The unit received its training at Camp Moore in Tangipahoa and was mustered into Confederate service on September 29, 1861. The 16th was shipped to Chalmette and there joined the17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Regiments to form Ruggles Brigade. In February of 1862 the Brigade was moved to Corinth, Ms. in preparation for a Confederate thrust into Kentucky. Instead, the Brigade was assigned to the Army of Mississippi and began the following battle record:

Army of Mississippi -

April 6-7, 1862 Shiloh, Tn. {Among the most forward of CS units. On the CS extreme left and helped to fold the US forces back along the Tennessee River}

May 9, 1862 Farmington, Ms.


Camp Moore Confederate Cemetery and Museum- Camp Moore located in Tangipahoa, LA was the birthplace and training ground for the 16th Louisiana Infantry Regiment among many others.


Letter from Daniel Blue - Company F, 16th Louisiana Infantry

Original letter donated by Mrs. Brenda Felder

Corinth, Mississippi, April 9th, '62

My Dear Wife,

I have anxiously looked for a letter from you but not yet received a line. I cannot charge you with being careless but content myself with consideration of the incumberences under which you are placed in regard to writing. I wrote you last Sunday and addressed the letter to the care of Bankston, but the mails are so uncertain that I cannot calculate with certainty of your getting it, so I must begin another and tell you that I have not been well since I cam here though am better now. I hope soon to be use to this bad climate. I am so cold now that I cannot write with ease.

Our army has just returned to camp after fighting one of the greatest battles that was ever fought on this side of the ocean. It is a great victory for us, though many of our brave countrymen have fallen in the conflict. Our loss is comparatively small but the loss on the yankee side is almost beyond description. Some who witnessed the slaughter say their loss was ten to our one. The victory is great and I unfortunately note or fortunately, God knows, was not allowed to share the dangers and the honor of achievement. The 16th regiment did not lose many. Our company had only two killed. George Richardson whom is formerly of our company is killed. Emmett Dyer, poor fellow, fell dead awfully mangled by a cannon shot.

The other Louisiana regiments suffered more than ours. Captain Taylor is shot through the lungs. Pat Harrell is killed and Dick Durbin is badly wounded. Billy Moore is also killed. Doctor Moore has just got here.

After a hard fight on Monday our Army fell back some six or eight miles and consequently our dead are unburied on the field though I believe we secured all the wounded.

You must write to me Susan, for I cannot tell you how destitute of comfort I am so far from you and without prospect of seeing you for the next six months. I believe I never go to sleep without dreaming of you and never prop an eye awake without thinking of you. Write often and do not be afraid of tiring me for I could read your letters every hour with new interest.

I am not writing love letters now, but giving expression to the purest and holiest sentiments for surely I always love you with all the energy of my soul but I never knew how intensely I loved you until I found myself separated from you. Though I hope our separation be short, when the consummation of our affection will recommence with renewed intensity.

Tell the girls at home that I am alright. Take care of little Allice. Take your mother's advice and do your duty like a good girl.

Your affectionate husband,

Dan'l Blue


16th Louisiana, "Shiloh to Stones River, the True Story of Private John H. Sullivan," by Travis L. Ayres, great grand-son of John H. Sullivan of the Castor Guards. "The 16th Louisiana Regiment participated in many of the epic and destructive Western Campaign battles of the Civil War. Organized on September 29, 1861, at Camp Moore, the recruits came from the Parishes of Avoyelles, Bienville, Caddo, East Felciana, Livingston, Rapides, St. Helena, and St. Tammany. The 16th Louisiana first saw action at Shiloh, during April, 1862. Their commander, Colonel Preston Pond, was promoted to lead the brigade consisting of the 16th and 18th Louisiana, Cresecent Louisiana Regiment, 38th Tennessee and Ketchum's Alabama Artillery. As the 3rd Brigade, it would later be known as "Pond's Brigade," and was assigned to the 1st Division of Major General Braxton Bragg's 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Mississippi. The 16th Louisiana suffered 90 casualties out of 330 men present for duty Shiloh, incurring a dozen more casualties soon after near Corinth, Mississippi. The 16th would later be merged into the 25th Louisiana after the Battle of Perryville, during the reorganization of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. This melded unit would go on to fight at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Mill Creek, Resaca, New Hope Church, the Atlanta Campaign, as well as the capture of the Federal forces at Florence, Alabama. Its last major battle came in December, 1864 at Nashville. Battle weary and depleted, the 16th-25th Louisiana saw its end come in February, 1865, when its men were dispersed to the 1st Louisiana Regulars, which along with the 4th Louisiana Battalion formed a new unit. The author is a direct descendant of a member of this unit and his personal connection come through. As I mentioned many times throughout my website, we need more contemporaries to bring to life the stories of oh so many Confederate unit neglected through the ages. I recommend this book be added to all Civil War enthusiasts' libraries." (Reviewed by Ronald A. Mosocco, Civil War author and owner of this website). Originally published in 1996, this revised 1999 edition, softback cover, 83 pages, with roster and bibliography, Dixie Tales Books, 125 Pond Place, Middletown, CT 06457 (860) 632-8048, or []


The Battle of Farmington May 9, 1862 in Farmington, Mississippi

Union Forces Commanded by Maj. Gen. John Pope

Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured

± ? 16 148 14

Confederate Forces Commanded by Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn

Strength Killed Wounded Missing/Captured

± ? 8 89 2

Conclusion: Confederate Victory

On May 9, Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn and his Confederate force struck into Maj. Gen. John Pope's advancing line along Seven Mile Creek. The battle was to last for 5 hours. The Confederates were able to drive the Federals away. []

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