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William Mouton

1st. Lt., Capt., Maj., Lt. Col., F. & S.

 

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William Mouton,
1st. Lt., Capt., Maj., Lt. Col., F. & S.

At this point in time, we have been uable to locate a photograph of William Mouton to place with his biograph. Should any of the decendants of Mr. Mouton care to contribute an image of the late Confederate officer to this page, this researcher would be very grateful.

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William Mouton

1st. Lt., Capt., Maj., Lt. Col., F. & S.

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~ Military Record ~

Mouton, William, Capt., Major, Co. F., Field and Staff. 18th La. Inf. En. Oct. 5, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present on all Rolls to Feb., 1862. Roll May and June, 1862, Absent, sick, since June 19, 1862. Rol July and Aug., 1862, Present, promoted Major July 19. Roll May and June, 1863, Absent, sick. Roll July and Aug., 1863, Present.

~ Biography ~

The following is a biography by Silas T. Grisamore, who
served with William Mouton and adds a measure of the "personal
touch" to the life and times of one of Louisiana's "Leaders in Gray".

WILLIAM MOUTON

William Mouton was 1st lieutenant in the company raised and organized by Capt. Alfred Mouton, and upon the election of the captain to the colonelcy of the 18th Regiment, he became captain of the company.

He is a native of Attakapas and a lawyer of some eminence in Vermilionville.

He was gifted with all the qualities requisite for a good companion at any social gathering, having a pleasing conversation and possessing notoriety as an orator in either French, Spanish, or English.

He was almost too good natured to be a strict disciplinarian or a severe officer and did not take very kindly to the tactics of Hardee.

On our departure to Corinth in February 1862, Capt. Mouton was sent with his company as an escort to m 500 prisoners captured at Manassas and confined in New Orleans for several months, who were being removed to Salisbury, North Carolina.

He met the command, after having performed this duty, at Corinth and participated in all the movements in which the 18th Regiment made in front of that place, participating in the fight at Pittsburg Landing and the battle of Shiloh. During the siege of Corinth, Capt. Mouton, owing to sickness of so many officers, was in command of the regiment for the last 15 or 20 days that we remained in front of that place. After our retreat to Tupelo, the captain became major by promotion and was subsequently elected by the officers to that position when the above promotion was declared null. Shortly after the retreat from Corinth, Capt. Mouton obtained leave of absence on account of ill health and came to his home in Louisiana.

He returned to his command at Pollard, Alabama, but a few days previous to the reception of orders removing our regiment to the Trans Mississippi Department. When we reached Berwick's Bay, the major was ordered to Camp Pratt near New Iberia for the purpose of obtaining conscripts sufficient to fill up our regiment. It was during this period that the campaign on the bayou took place. He was with his regiment the greater portion of the time in all its wanderings over Louisiana and Arkansas. He was too unwell to participate in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. The fall of Col. Armant and the promotion of Lieutenant Colonel Collins was followed by the promotion of Major Mouton to be lieutenant colonel, which rank he held until the surrender at Natchitoches.

After the surreder, he resumed the practice of law in Vermmilionville, but afterwards removed to New Orleans. He has, however, returned to his old home in the prairies and is now in tine vigor of manhood with the prospect of many happy days before him.

The colonel will no doubt remember ore evening in front of Corinth when our regiment was ordered out on the Farmington road and placed in front of the enemy. The whole army was drawn up in line of battle along the skirmish line. Sickness had reduced the regiment to a few men. The major was in command and I, a 1st lieutenant, was second, which fact will give an idea of the condition of our effectiveness. Night came, and about 11 o'clock the major and myself made our couch in an empty wagon, which was done by spreading our blanket on the floor and another on ourselves. We conversed a long time on the prospect of the next day's chances and wondering where our bed on the following night would be, finally dropped asleep. When we awoke, the sun was up; I remarked "that everything was quiet, and it did not look much like there was going to be a fight." "Well, Lieutenant, let's get up and try and get one more cup of coffee before the ball opens." We did so, and lay around in the shade all day, when we were sent back to camp.

At another time, our men, who were in camp, were nearly all unwell, and about half of them were on duty every day; the major, having been over to see Gen. Ruggles' headquarters, told me that he had obtained a few days' rest for his men. We were congratulating ourselves on this pleasant information when an orderly rode up and presented the major with an order to remove his whole regiment out on picket that evening on the Monterey road. A sweet time we had that night with the minnie balls passing through the trees and whistling around our ears every few minutes.

The next day, I was sent by the major to accompany Major Newman of the 21st Regiment and Lt. Levi Hargis to ascertain why there was no connection between our pickets and that on our right. We soon found the reason and ascertained how much pleasure a man can have in being deliberately shot at by one of his own friends&emdash;and missed.

Information reprinted from:
Reminscences of Uncle Silas:
A History of the Eighteenth Louisiana Infantry Regiment.

© Copyright 1981
Edited by Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.
Published by: LeComite' des Archives de la Louisiane
P. O. Box 44370, Baton Rouge, La. 70804
pp. 230-233



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