Clerville J. Patin

1st. Sergt. Commsy., Capt., Maj., Co. F., F. & S.


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Clerville J. Patin,
1st. Sergt. Commsy., Capt., Maj., Co. F., F. & S.

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

Clerville J. Patin

1st. Sergt., Commsy., Capt., Maj., Co. F., F. & S.

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~ Military Record ~

Patin, C. F., 1st Sergt. Commsy. Co. F, F. and S., 18th La. Inf. En. Oct. 3, 1861. Camp Moore, La. Present on Rolls to Dec., 1861. Roll Jan. and Feb., 1862. Present. appointed Commsy. Sergt., Jan. 12, 1862. Roll May and June, 1862, Present. Absent with leave from May 9, 1862, and returned May 10, 1862. Roll July and Aug., 1862, Present.

~ Biography ~

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


Among the first acquaintances I formed in the 18th Regiment was the gentleman whose name appears above He was orderly sergeant of Capt. W. Mouton's company. He is a native of the Attakapas country near the town of Vermilionville.

A short time after the organization of the regiment, he was recommended as assistant commissary by Col. A. Mouton, and whilst at Corinth in 1862, he received his commission as such.

Capt. Patin, as all commissaries of the C. S. Army who desired to perform their duty, had a hard commission to fill, the execution of which required all the energy of which he was possessed.

That this officer did everything that a man could do under the circumstances,
no one will badly dispute, and the men of his regiment and brigade should ever remember him kindly.

The captain was ever at his post, except when disabled by disease, never obtaining but one leave of absence for a short time to visit his family. He remained with his regiment until regimental commissaries were abolished, when he was selected as brigade commissary, which post he retained until the close of tine war in the old brigade. The captain was a jovial, pleasant companion and maintained his equinimity in a remarkable manner, considering the daily reasons he had for testing his temper.

The boys used to tell some hard stories on their commissary, however, and there was doubtless some truth in them, sometime.

I recollect when we were on the march from Monroe to Alexandria in January 1864, it was currently reported in camp that every evening Major P. used to lay down a six inch pole and have his herd driven over it, and the first beeves hat fell in stepping across it were killed and issued to the soldiers.

We never watched this process, but the beeves, after being driven for weeks from 15 to 25 miles per day and pastured at night in barren fields, were not in a condition to jump over fences, and the chances are that if the herdmen had driven the whole herd over the six inch pole, there would have been none left for the next day's rations.

My associations with Major Patin were always of the most agreeable character;we both entered the services as sergeants, were promoted to be staff officers about the same time, both became majors by the same order of promotion, were always on duty in the same command, and, during the most of the marches, travelled together. Major Patin possessed the good will of the officers and men under his command and undoubtedly merited their esteem, as but few officers exercised as much skill and energy in promoting the comfort of those who looked upon him for their daily rations.

The major is now residing at the old homestead near Vermilionville, where it is hoped he is enjoying the comforts and pleasures of a well to-do farmer, surrounded by his family and friends.

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. 235-237

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