18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry
Corpl. Paul Thibodaux, About December 1861
...Flag design is based on a small torn
section of the regimental battle flag which is on display in
the Confederate Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana. May 19,
1865. When the 18th
Regiment was disbanded the flag was torn into ten pieces and
a piece given to each of
the ten company commanders. (Placement of Battle
Inscriptions is specualtive and based on similar Confederate
battle flags of the same period.)
Paul Thibodaux, sometimes after 17 June
Images of Paul Thibodaux: The top image is
Paul taken in the distinctive militia uniform of the 18th
Regiment Louisiana Infantry, sometimes after his promotion
to Corporal (December 1861) and probably taken at Camp
Moore. The lower image is of Paul taken after his return
home from the war and the image would have been taken
sometime after 17 June 1865.
quite possibly his wedding photo in June 1886.
Pvt., 4th Corpl., Co.
~ Military Record
Thibodaux, Paul, Pvt. Co. G,
18th La. Inf. En. Camp Moore, La., Oct. 5, 1861. Present on
Rolls to Feb., 1862. Promoted 4th Corpl., Dec. 17, 1861.
Rolls from May, 1862, to Feb., 1863, Absent, wounded
at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862; obtained a furlough
of 60 days from April 16, 1862. Federal Rolls of Prisoners
of War, Captured Lafourche, La., Jan. 8, 1863. Exchanged
from Steamer Frolic, near Baton Rouge, La., Feb. 23, 1863.
Rolls from May, 1863, to Aug., 1863, Absent, detailed April
1, 1863, with
A. Q. M. Acting Sergt. Q. M. Also on Rolls of Co. F,
Cons. 18th Regt. and Yellow Jacket Battn. La. Inf., as
Thibodeaux, Paul, Pvt. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1864, Present,
detailed April 1, 1863, with A. Q. M. Acting Sergt. Q. M.
Roll of Prisoners of War of companies and regiments, C. S.
A., Paroled Washington, La., June 17, 1865. Res. Lafourche
Par., La.(April 6th, 1862, Shiloh...Paul
Thibodaux...were wounded but got off the field.
Additional information transcribed from pg. 46,
Reminiscences of Uncle Silas, by Silas T.
A Brief Summary: Paul Thibodaux 1
Speech to the Raceland Militia Given
Paul Thibodaux was born in Lafourche Parish
on 13 October 1830. He married Odile Braud in Thibodaux on
25 June 1866. The couple had one child, Serapleine who
married Thomas Knobloch, Sr. Paul attended Jefferson College
at some point and was a private tutor
for young ladies. This is how he met and wed Odile Braud,
Grandmother to C. J. Knobloch. He lived on the 80 acre tract
along Bayou Lafourche where he formed until his death. He
was also employed by the Post Office for a period of time,
beginning on 21 May 1867.
Paul Thibodaux died in 1928, at age 98, and he is laid to
rest at the St. Mary Church cemetery in the Raceland,
by Paul Thibodaux in October 1861 2
Exerpts from: Reminiscences of Uncle Silas,
Fellow citizens, it is with sorrow that I
view myself soon to depart from you for distant rivers and
lands that will be strange to me, in as much as I am not
forced to do it. But, from the moment of the hour that war
was sounded, my thoughts have always dwelled on that score,
so much so, I have attempted to escape this source of my
annoyance, always uselessly, that it appears to be but my
fate that calls me to go on the fields of battle to defend
the altar of patriotism which has been attacked by cohorts
who want to ravish it and trample us underfoot just the
same. Can we live under such a banner? NO! NO!
I must tell you, brothers of Raceland, it is not
necessary that you think that I leave without having
consideration for you. But in leaving you, I believe I honor
you and also the old uncle who took all the steps to form
the Company of Raceland. And also he receives the credit of
facing 5 soldiers of his company for the Confederate States.
Rememberance of you will always be in my heart. And if the
god of war defend me, I will revenge myself against the
enemy for us all and for myself until the terrible hour of
As I go Monday to barracks, maybe many of you I will not
see on the day of my departure from Thibodaux for the places
that we are destined for. By consequence, I give you now my
sincere adieux to all the Company of Raceland and to all the
neighborhood. And if providence protect us that we can
defeat the enemy and gain our independence, and that I can
pass thru the bullets and the grape shot, I will return to
press the hands of all like a brother should do to his
brothers. And if by chance I succumb, and I become a victim
of the enemy, when you know that I am no more of this earth,
I beg you to pray Devine Providence for the repose of my
Messieurs, you know that I am not an orator. I express to
you today the sentiments that I again feel for you all. I
beleived that I was discontented with you or the Company of
Raceland. The reason that I address these words to you is to
prove the contrary and how much I regret to leave you, above
all, the friends who are dear to my heart like you are.
The possibility that I will not see you again in this
world does not deter that which fate has for me in store.
But in leaving, I am glad to go to give my service to one
country, as it will be the first act that I will render in
the service that I owe it. And if I should die by the hands
of the enemy, I will die happy, as my death will be the
defense of my country.
I end in giving you my farewells, goodbyes, adieu.
History of the Eighteenth Louisiana Infantry
by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.
Contracted measles while at Camp Roman near
Carrollton in November or December 1861. Promoted to 4th
Corporal December 17, 1861, and to 3rd Corporal February 14,
1862. Slightly wounded at Shiloh April 7, 1862. Left
Corinth, Mississippi, by rail April 15, 1862, to go home to
recover from wound. Returned to his company March 14, 1863,
at Camp Bisland.
Christmas 1864, Minden, La. "I gave Paul Thibodaux, who
had gone foraging a few days previous, some money to
purchase a Christmas turkey. He had succeeded in getting
five of them for fifty dollars. Four I gave to the company,
and the other was kept for a dinner to be given by myself
during the week."
At Mansfield, La., in late May 1865 as the army was
disbanding, he helped conceal some mules and horses so they
would not be stolen by men going home. He drove a wagon for
Major Grisamore from Mansfield to Opelousas, where they sold
the wagons and mules. He and Grisamore went to Washington,
La., to sign their paroles. Grisamore waited a few days to
take a steamer home with Colonel Bush.
THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S
May 25, 1928
Refer to: O. R. D.
Missing Information )
of Pension Commissioners,
The records show that Paul Thibodaux, Co. G,
18th Louisiana Inf., C. S. A., enlisted October 5, 1861, at
Camp Moore, La. (Co. was also known as Lafourche Creoles).
Muster roll May & June 1863, shows him, - Detailed
Apl. 1, 1863, with A. Q. M., as Acting Sgt., Q. M., a
His name is not borne on subsequent roll for July &
Aug. 1863, (latest on file).
(The regt. was discontinued by orders dated Nov. 12,
1863, and subsequently became the Consolidated 18th. Regt.
& Yellow Jacket Battn. La. Inf., C. S. A.).
Paul Thibodaux became a Private of Co. F., Consolidated
18th. Regt. & Yellow Jacket Battn. La. Inf., C. S. A.
Muster roll for Jan. & Feb., 1864 (only roll on file)
show him present, a Private. Remarks: Detailed Apl. 1, 1863,
with A.Q.M., Acting Sergt., Q. M.,
Prisoner of War records show that he was surrendered May
1865, and paroled at Washington, La., June 17, 1865, a
Co. F., 18th La. Inf., C. S. A.
Residence: Lafourche Parish, La.
The Adjutant General.
by T. E.
A very special THANK YOU goes out
1. A brief summary of the life of Paul
Thibodaux, as narrated by his Great-great grandson, Claude
J. Knobloch, Jr. of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and added to the
Veterans Section on 17 February 2000.
2. Speech to the Raceland Militia-October 1861.
Translated from French to English by Elton Oubre on 26
October 1978. Paul Thibodaux's Great-great grandson, Claude
J. Knobloch, Jr. has the original speech written in French
and signed by Paul Thibodaux.
3. Excerpt from the book, Reminiscences of Uncle
Silas, A History of the Eighteenth Louisiana Infanrty
Regiment, by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. Includes exerpts
and a quote from pp. 185
4. Letter from the War Department, during the time Odile
Braud Thibodaux, widow of Paul Thibodaux, applied for a
widow's pension. Amout received was approximately: $30 a
to Mr. Claude J. Knobloch, Jr., for the the wealth of
and EXCELLENT photos with regards to Paul Thibodaux,
Co. G., 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.
*Information used with permission*