18th Regiment Louisiana Infantry
William McBride, Pvt., Co. K.
...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.)
...At this point in time, we are still
searching for an image of Pvt. William McBride and we hope
to add one in the forseeable future. Should any of his
decendants have a photo of William, and would gratiously
care to place a copy of his photo at this web site...this
researcher would be grateful.
Pvt., Co. K.
~ Military Record ~
~ Biography ~
Mcbride, William, Pvt. Co. K,
18th La. Inf. En. Jan. 16, 1862, Camp Benjamin. Rolls from
May, 1862, to June, 1863, Present. Roll for July and Aug.,
1863, Absent, sick, at Camp Taylor, since Aug. 31, 1863.
Mcbride, William, Pvt. Co. D, 7th La. Cav. Roll of
Prisoners of War, C. S. A., Paroled at Washington, La., June
17, 1865. Res. St. Landry Par., La.
WILLIAM MCBRIDE -- was born in
Vermillon Parish, LA, September 15, 1842. William's parents
were Walter Scott McBride and Julia (Juditih) Eveline
Higginbotham McBride. Most of William's life was spent in
St. Landry or Acadia Parish, LA.
On January 16, 1862, William joined Co. K., the Opelousas
Volunteers of St. Landry parish, under the leadership of
Capt. Louis Lastrapes, the 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment
(Volunteers). William served as a private with the 18th
Louisiana Infantry Regiment at the Battle of Shiloh, on
April 6-7, 1862 the bloodiest of Civil War battles to date.
William survived the battle of Shiloh, only to be captured
by Federal troops. According to his Confederate Pension
Application, he was captured at the Battle of Shiloh and
After experiencing the horrors of Shiloh, William joined
Company D. of the 7th Louisiana Calvary as a Private and
served under the leadership of Colonel Louis Bush. This
regiment was organized to operate principally agains
Jahawkers and small Federal units in southwestern Louisiana.
The regiment participated in skirmishes at Crumps' Hill, and
Wilson's Farm as well as performing other duties including
picket duty. Most of the men of the regiment occupied a camp
near Alexandria in May, 1865 when the Trans-Mississippi
Department surrendered. William was listed on the Rolls of
Prisoners of War at New Orleans, May 26, 1865. He was
paroled for a second time at Washington, LA, June 17, 1865.
William's profession before and after the war was that of
a blacksmith and farmer.
After his return from the war, William married Marie
Euphrosine Barousse at Church Point, LA on July 9, 1867.
This marriage produced nine issues.
Children of William and Julia (Juditih) Eveline
Higginbotham McBride were: Joseph Cornelius, Jean (John),
Marie Julia, Clara (Claire), Anna, Evelina (Vina), Aurelia,
Joseph Elish, Marie, and Joseph Wherries.
"An uncle of mine, [an uncle of Patrick L. Welton, the
biography contributor], as a small boy, saw a saddle with
the horn missing. The family legend is that the saddle horn
was shot off at the Battle of Shiloh when William McBride
was a messenger".
"My mother (1906-1990), [mother of biography contributor
Patrick L. Welton], always told me the most profanity she
ever heard him use was "corn scoundrels luck".'
William McBride died on September 29, 1929, at the age of
87, and was laid to rest in Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church Cemetery (old section) on Plaquemine St.,
one block off Hwy 95 in Church Point, LA. There is a 7th LA
Cav., Co. D, C.S.A. headstone marking the final resting
place of William McBride in Church Point, Louisiana.
A special THANK YOU is extended to Patrick L.
Welton, Great grandson of William McBride, for his generous
contribution of materials with regards to the biography of
William McBride, Pvt., Co. K., 18th Louisiana Infantry
Additional information with regards to the units
to which William McBride was attached are from the Guide
to Louisiana Confederate Military Units 1861-1865, by
Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr. and Records of Louisiana
Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands,
by Andrew B. Booth