Alfred Davis Guards,
aka Co. G, Miles Louisiana Legion,
& aka Co. G, 32nd Louisiana Infantry
(from Dunbar Rowlands "Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898"; company listing courtesy of H. Grady Howells "For Dixie Land, Ill Take My Stand)
Company G -- Alfred Davis Guards (raised in Adams County, MS)
Captains -- Edward Lynn, James M. Searles, James ONeill. Lieutenants -- John Kienan, William Houlihan, Patrick Burns.
[The following capsule history is extracted from Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.s, extraordinary "Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865," the best-ever single volume work on Louisiana Confederate units. Mr. Bergeron is the author of a number of excellent Civil War books and is currently an historian for Pamplin Park, which commemorates the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia. "Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units, 1861-1865," is available from the prestigious Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 70803.]
Legion formally organized Camp Moore, LA, May 1862. Infantry companies already in service for several months by that time. Participated in skirmish near Grand Gulf, MS, on June 24. August 1862, reported for duty at Port Hudson, LA. Did picket and guard duty and constructed earthworks. Some volunteers sailed on the cottonclad Dr. Beatty and on February 24 helped capture the Federal ironclad Indianola near New Carthage on the Mississippi River. April 29 to May 3, took part in the unsuccessful attempts to stop Colonel Benjamin Grierson's Federal raiders from reaching Baton Rouge.
Had an important role in the Battle of Plains Store, LA, May 21. In its first significant action, 89 of its men were killed, wounded, or missing. During the Siege of Port Hudson, May 23-July 9, the legion held most of the trenches on the Confederate right wing and repulsed all attacks. Around 150 men of the unit deserted as the siege wore on. Men paroled at end of siege. Officers were sent to Federal prisons. Early 1864, the men on the east side of the Mississippi River were reorganized, mounted, and assigned to Gober's Regiment Mounted Infantry.
A listing of companies comprising Gobers Regiment does not mention the Alfred Davis Guards.
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