McBride, William

Pvt., Co. K.


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William McBride,
Pvt., Co. K.
(also Pvt., Co. D., 7th Louisiana Cavalry)

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


William McBride

Pvt., Co. K.

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~ Military Record ~

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. (William McBride also served with Co. D., of the 7th Louisiana Cavalry, C. S. A.)

~ Biography ~

William McBride

William McBride was born in Vermillon Parish, LA., September 15, 1842. William's parents were Walter Scott McBride and Julia (Juditih) Eveline Higginbotham McBride. William was the -------child of -------children born to this marriage.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 on ----------date?------, with his being later paroled --------date?-------, according to his Confederate Pension Application.

After experiencing the horrors of Shiloh, William later joined Company D. of the 7th Louisiana Cavalry as a Private and served under the leadership of Colonel Louis Bush. This regiment was organized to operate principally against 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 which also included 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 were:

1. Joseph Cornelius, born on ---------------- at ------------------------- Joseph Cornelius married------------ on -----------at ----------------

2. Jean (John), born on ---------------- at -------------------------
Jean married ----------------- on -----------------at -------------------------

3. Marie Julia, born on ---------------- at -------------------------
Marie Julia married ----------------- on -----------------at ---------------

4. Clara (Claire), born on ---------------- at -------------------------
Clara married ----------------- on -----------------at --------------------

5. Anna, born on ---------------- at -------------------------
Anna married ----------------- on -----------------at ---------------------

6. Evelina (Vina), born on ---------------- at ------------------------
Evelina married ----------------- on -----------------at --------------------

7. Aurelia, born on ---------------- at ------------------------
Aurelia married ----------------- on -----------------at -------------------

7. Joseph Elish, born on ---------------- at ------------------------
Joseph Elish married ----------------- on -----------------at ---------------

8. Marie, born on ---------------- at ------------------------
Marie married ----------------- on -----------------at ----------------------

9. Joseph Wherries, born on ---------------- at ------------------------Joseph Wherries married ----------------- on -----------------at ----------

Some interesting information regarding William McBride...

[Comment of Patrick L. Welton]: An uncle of mine 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.

[Comment of Patrick L. Welton]: My mother (1906-1990), 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 the 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, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

A very special THANK YOU goes out
to Patrick L. Welton, Great-grandson of the late William McBride for his biographical information and excellent photograph of William McBride, Pvt., Co. K., 18th Louisiana Infantry Regiment [Volunteers]. Patrick, his wife ____________ currently reside in the Church Point area of Acadia Parish, Louisiana.

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.


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