Louis Bush

Capt., Maj., F. & S.


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Louis Bush,
Capt., Maj., F. & S.

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


Louis Bush

Capt., Maj., F. & S.


~ Military Record ~

Bush, Louis, Major F. and S. 18th La. Infty. Commsd. or apptd. Major, Oct. 5th, 1861. Camp Roman, La. Field and Staff Roll, June, 1862, Maj. Bush absent with leave from May 2nd, 1862, and returned June 10th, 1862. Regtl. Return for June, 1862, Present. Elected at late reorganization Lt. Col. Has not been assigned to new office. Roll for July and Aug., 1862, Maj. Bush having declined the Lt. Colcy. was dismissed from service July 10th, 1862.

~ Biography ~

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


The second company raised in this parish in 1861 was enlisted and commanded by Capt. Louis Bush. At the organization of the 18th Regiment at Camp Moore, September the 5th, 1861, Capt. Louis Bush was elected major without any opposition. The major was a strict disciplinarian, a excellent drill officer, and always had a paternal solicitude for the walfare of the men under his command. Always found at his post of duty he had the unlimited confidence of both officers and men, which confidence was ratified in gallantry and skill in the fights at Pittsburg Landing and during the two days' engagement at Shiloh. During the seige of Corinth, the major was unwell and had to retire to the rear to recuperate. On the 15th of April 1862, upon the reorganization of his regiment, he was unanimously elected lieutenant colonel, and after the resignation of Col. Roman, he was promoted to the colonelcy.

The army had fallen back to Tupelo before the health of the colonel permitted him to return to the field, when he assumed command of the 18th. Doubtful concerning his health, he sent in his resignation, which was accepted, and much to the sorrow of the regiment, he left us at Tupelo.

Subsequently, he served in the Trans-Mississippi Department as A. A. G. to Gen. Mouton until the latter part of 1863, when he succeeded in raising a regiment of cavalry, which he commanded for some time, when he was appointed as one of the judges of the Military Court in the TransMississippi Department, stationed at Shreveport, which position he occupied until the close of the war. The colonel is a native of Iverville Parish but emmigrated to this town when quite young. He was for many years clerk of the district court, during the occupancy of which position he studied law and in a short time became one of the most successful practitioners in this section of Louisiana.

He served also several terms as a member of the popular branch of the legislature and was senatorial delegate from this parish and St. Charles to the convention which passed the Ordinance of Secession.

During the session of this convention, the colonel was one of the ablest and most eloquent opponent of said ordinance, advocating what was known as the cooperation policy.

But finding that the Ordinance of Secession was a foregone conclusion, he voted for and signed the same, being determined to stand by his people and his state in the great step which the course of human events forced upon us at that time.

At the close of the war , the colonel returned home and resumed the practice of his profession. Upon the request of Gov. Wells , he accepted the position of colonel of the militia and was in process of effecting a thorough organization of the same when military authority overthrow and superceded the state government.

The colonel is a successful planter as wall as lawyer and also takes a hand in politics occasionally.

He is now in fine health, with the proepect of many years before him.

With his family, he is now luxuriating in the north and west.

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. 218-219

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