...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.)
Simon, A. F., Capt., Co. K., Cons.
18th Regt. and Yellow Jacket Battn La. Inf. Roll Jan.
andFeb., 1864 (only Roll on file), En. March 17, 1862, St.
Martin. Remarks: Absent with leave thirty days' furlough
from Feb. 24 to March 25.
JUDGE ARTHUR SIMON, OPELOUSAS...Judge
Simon, a successful planter, resides on his plantation about
four miles southwest of Opelousas. He was born in New
Orleans on the 15th March, 1841, and is one of a family of
ten children born to Edward and Eugenie (Zerban) Simon.
Edward Simon is a native of Belgium and came to America at
the age of eighteen years. His wife is a native of St.
Martin's parish, Louisiana and descendant of the old
Edward Simon was an associate justice of the Supreme
Court of Louisiana under the administration of Governor
Roman, from 1841 to 1849. He died in 1867 at St.
Martinsville, Louisiana, his wife surviving him until 1880.
All of the Simon family are Catholics.
The subject of our sketch received most of his education
at the Louisiana College (the old Jefferson) in St. James
parish, and graduated at what is now known as the Tulane
University of Louisiana. In 1862 he enlisted in the
Confederate States service and was made a Lieutenant in the
Yellow Jacket Battalion commanded by Colonel Fournet, which
was afterward consolidated with the Eighteenth Louisiana
Infantry. In 1864 he was promoted to
the rank of major. He was in many of the active engagements
in which his regiment participated, and was with General
Kirby Smith at the time of the surrender.
After the war he determined to study law, but, after
pursuing his studies a short time was forced to abandon it
and take charge of his father's sugar plantation in St. Mary
parish. In 1874 he removed to St. Landry parish, where he
was married, in 1865, to Miss Marie Dejean. To them have
been born five children, one son and four daughters: Rita,
wife of E. V. Barry, of Grand Coteau, Louisiana Lelia Mary,
Sidonie and Leopold. Mrs. Simon died in 1879. Judge Simon
subsequently married Miss Mathilda Dejean, sister of his
Judge Simon was admitted to the bar before the Supreme
Court at Opelousas in 1876. He practised law until 1888 in
Opelousas, where for four years he was justice of the peace.
Since that time he has given his entire attention to the
operation of his plantation, which is one of about three
hundred acres, highly improved and of unsurpassed fertility.