Lastie Richard, now and old man with
stubble on his face sat in one of the
chairs arranged on the large wooden
shaded by two huge Chinaball Trees.
telling his story in French, the only
Eva, his daughter, and Drozin Hebert,
new husband understood. �Everywhere
there was carnage. The dead, decaying
swollen bodies of Confederate and Union
lying all around, most were still holding
their rifles, pistols or swords. There
dead humans and horses; the stench
unbearable. Some of the dead were lying
open lush green pastures that resembled
rolling prairies back home, while others
were hanging over rail fences and appeared
to be looking at the cornfields; a
lying in a shallow stream, as if they
taking their last drink of water.
There was an old dilapidated farmhouse and
barn nearby that had been burned and they
were still smoldering while its inhabitants,
an elderly couple, were both dead along with
their animals, which consisted of three horses,
four hogs, and two cows. Bellowing next to
one of the dead cows was a skinny red calf
of no more than three or four days old.
I have never seen so much worthless
and destruction as near the Shenandoah
at Port Republic, in Rockingham County,
said Lastie Richard, his eyes were
glittery as he spoke about the battle.
Eva and Drozin repeated Lastie�s story
their daughter, Angela and her husband,
Menard. While Eva was repeating the
Clebert had to swallow back a lump
rising in his throat, while Angela�s
were red rimmed and puffy as she openly
for the unfortunate souls and the pain
her grandfather had obviously experienced.
It was then, at that moment, when Angela
decided she would never again allow
in her home. A sentiment later shared
�On Monday, June 9, 1862, at the battle
Port Republic, Virginia, a beautiful
spectacular day, too damn pretty to
a war. I remember seeing the Union
retreating and the next thing I know
in a farmhouse with other wounded soldiers,
some dead or dying, and a doctor was
a lead bullet from my body,� added
Clebert had never met Lastie, his wife�s
grandfather, but he had great admiration
for the old soldier as he listened intently
to the story.
When Eva finished with her father�s story,
Angela went back to setting pear tree branches
into the ground to be used as tomato stakes.
Little did she know, the pear branches would
later grow to become large pear trees, producing
an abundance of fruit.
Lastie was born May 19, 1835, his parents
were Joseph and Eugenie Francois Richard.
The United States Federal Census of 1860
recorded Lastie as being twenty-five years
old and living in Lafayette, Louisiana, and
it lists the post office as being in Vermilionville.
Lastie enlisted March 3, 1862 in St Landry
Parish and was assigned to Company C. Why
enlist? Most Acadians did not volunteer,
but the stigma of being drafted was so great
that it induced potential draftees to volunteer.
Many referred to the war as la guerre de
les Americians. Translated in English literally
meant, the American�s war. Lastie probably
didn�t own any slaves and most likely he
was against the war, as most Cajuns, but
they were forced to fight it.
The Sixth Infantry Regiment was organized
in May of 1861 at Camp Moore, in east
Tangipahoa Parish. It was the largest
training base in the state; and its
were recruited in New Orleans and the
of Union, Sabine, Ouachita, St. Landry
St. Bernard; and the Louisiana Tigers
organized and trained at Camp Moore;
developed a reputation as being fearless
and hard fighting. And now, nearly
later the nickname Louisiana �Tigers�
on with the athletic teams of LSU.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis
authorized the establishment of Camp
specifically chosen due to its relatively
high ground elevation, abundance of
drinking water and being adjacent to
then New Orleans, Jackson and Great
Railroad; made it convenient for sending
and receiving men, material and supplies.
The camp was named after Louisiana�s Governor,
Thomas O. Moore. Just three months after
the camp opened it was struck by an epidemic
of measles; a deadly disease, which claimed
the lives of nearly 700 young and patriotic
Louisiana soldiers without having once faced
the enemies of their beloved south.
After their training Lastie and the
Tigers were ordered to Virginia, the
served under General Richard S. Ewell
the First Battle of Manassas, and then
assigned to General Richard Taylor�s,
and Tork�s Brigade. After participating
Stonewall Jackson�s Valley Campaign,
fought with the Army of Northern Virginia
from the Seven Days� Battles to Cold
It continued the fight with Early in
Shenandoah Valley and later shared
Appomattox operations. The Sixth Infantry
reported sixty-six casualties at Cross
and Port Republic, one of which was
Richard. Another forty-seven more casualties
were reported during the Maryland Campaign,
twelve at Fredericksburg, and eighty-one
at Chancellorsville. Forty-three were
and wounded at Second Winchester, and
at Gettysburg. After the war Lastie
home, and married on September 18,
Emelie Doguet. Four years later the
States Federal Census of 1870 lists
age thirty-three and Emelie, his wife,
thirty-one and at the time they had
they were William age three and Olida
Together Lastie and Emelie had four more
children. From the order of their births,
they were: Eva, Agnes, Felicianne and Felicia.
There is no record of what happened
oldest son, William. Olide married
9, 1889, to Eva Allemand of Lafayette.
Richard married on February 5, 1894
Hebert (our Great Grandparents and
of Angela Hebert, aka, Mom-mom Menard).
married on January 9, 1895 to Oheluci
Felicia married on October 6, 1897
Hebert and Felicianne married on October
1, 1898 to Adam Allemand. All three
mentioned names were from Rayne.
On December 13, 1880 Lastie Richard applied
for and probably received Civil War Pension
due to being wounded at Port Republic, Virginia.
Lastie Richard died, date unknown,
buried south of Mire, Louisiana, beside
wife, Emelie Doguet Richard. Lastie�s
is a white concrete Confederate headstone;
and is located next to a sugarcane
along Soldier Road, just off of highway
Written by William J. Thibodeaux