CONFEDERATE LOUISIANA TROOPS
15th Regiment, Louisiana Infantry
15th Infantry Regiment [also called 2nd Regiment Polish Brigade] was organized near
Richmond, Virginia, in July, 1862, by consolidating the 3rd and part of the 7th Louisiana Infantry
Battalions. The men were from the parishes of Plaquemines, St. Helena, Iberville, Catahoula, and
Jefferson. It was assigned to General Starke's, Nicholl's, Iverson's, Stafford's, and York's
Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The 15th participated in many conflicts from Cedar Mountain to Cold Harbor, served with Early in the
Shenandoah Valley, and saw action around Appomattox. It reported 11 killed and 53
wounded at Second Manassas,
had 3 killed and 12 wounded at Sharpsburg, and had 5 killed and 37
wounded at Chancellorsville. Of
the 186 engaged at Gettysburg,
twenty-one percent were disabled. When the unit surrendered, only 2 officers and 17 men were
present. Its commanders were Colonels Charles M. Bradford and Edmund Pendleton, Lieutenant
Colonels McGavock Goodwyn and Robert A. Wilkinson, and Major Andrew Brady.
3rd Infantry Battalion, organized during the summer of 1861, contained eight companies.
Sent to Virginia, the battalion served in General J.R. Anderson's Brigade during the Seven Days'
Battles. In July, 1862, two companies of the 7th Battalion were added and the unit became the
15th Louisiana Regiment. Lieutenant Colonels Charles M. Bradford, Edmund Pendleton, and
Thomas Shields, and Major Robert A. Wilkinson were its field officers.
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