Joseph Welsh (Walsh)

Pvt., Co. F.


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Joseph Welsh (Walsh),
Pvt., Co. F.
Image taken shortly after the war about 1870.

Joseph Welsh (Walsh)

Pvt., Co. F.


~ Military Record ~

Welsh (Walsh), Joseph, Pvt. Co. F, 18th La. Inf. Also on Rolls of Co. F, Cons. 18th Regt. and Yellow Jacket Battn. La. Inf., Pvt. Roll of Prisoners of War, C. S. A., Paroled at Natchitoches, La., June 6, 1865. Res. Assumption Par., La.

~ Biography ~


Joseph Walsh was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland in about 1844. He immigrated with his parents and sibling to Labadieville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana in about 1853. Joseph Welsh(Walsh), son of Nicholas Welsh(Walsh) and Anastasia Davis was married February 6,1869 at St Philomene Church, Labadieville, to Elizabeth Duffy (Duffel), daughter of Jean Duffy and Marceline Himel. Witnesses: Arthur Naquin, Arneste Leche, Erneste Himel, Alique Gautraux. They had nine children: Lucie, Clarice, Nicholas, John, Whitney, Annie, Georgia, Thomas, and Mildred Walsh. Joseph Walsh was farmer in Labadieville, Assumption Parish and later a farmer and constable in Central, St. James Parish, Louisiana.

CSA records show a Joseph Walsh who enlisted as a Private in 1862 with his brother, James Walsh in Lafourche Parish in Fournet's Command of Company "F" of the 18th Louisiana Infantry. His officers were: Capt. Argus, Lt. Aucoin, Colonel William Mouton. Joseph fought at the battle of Shiloh in 1862 and he was captured in 1863 in a battle near Brashear City, now Morgan City, Louisiana. He was later paroled and obviously rejoined his unit because at the end of the war, he was paroled at Natchitoches on June 6th, 1865 and returned to Assumption Parish.

Although the U.S. War Dept had some trouble establishing a Joseph Walsh on their POW list, they did have a Joseph Welsh with the 18th Louisiana Infantry. Name of comrades who signed his pension application: Capt. Simon Poche of Donaldsonville, Louisiana and Camille Blouin of St. James, Louisiana verified that Joseph Walsh and Joseph Welsh were one and the same.

Apparently, the application for pension was approved, since in February 1914, Mrs. Elizabeth Duffle Walsh made application for a Widow's Pension. She received $90 per quarter pension until her last check was paid on December 24, 1928.

Joseph Walsh died on December 3, 1913 and was buried in St. Mary's Chapel Cemetery, Union, St. James Parish, Louisiana.


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