Port Hudson Union order of battle

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The following is the organization of the Union forces engaged at the Siege of Port Hudson, during the American Civil War in 1863. The Confederate order of battle is listed separately.

Abbreviations used[edit]

Military rank[edit]


Union forces[edit]

Army of the Gulf[edit]

XIX Corps[edit]

MG Nathaniel P. Banks

Division Brigade Regiments and Others

1st Division
     MG Christopher C. Augur

1st Brigade

   Col Edward P. Chapin (k)
   Col Charles J. Paine[2]

2nd Brigade

   BG Godfrey Weitzel[4]
   Col Stephen Thomas[5][6]

3rd Brigade

   Col Nathan Dudley

  • 1st Battery, Indiana Heavy Artillery: Col John A. Keith
  • 1st Battery, Maine Light Artillery: Lt John E. Morton
  • 6th Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery: Lt John F. Phelps
  • 12th Massachusetts Light Artillery (section): Lt Edwin M. Chamberlin
  • 18th Battery, New York Light Artillery: Cpt Albert G. Mack
  • Battery A, 1st U.S. Light Artillery: Cpt Edmund C. Bainbridge
  • Battery G, 5th U.S. Artillery: Lt Jacob B. Rawles

2nd Division
     BG Thomas W. Sherman (w)
     BG George L. Andrews[7]
     BG Frank S. Nickerson[8]
     BG William Dwight[9]

1st Brigade

   BG Neal S. Dow (w&c)[10]
   Col David S. Cowles (k)[11]
   Col Thomas S. Clark[12]

2nd Brigade[14]

   Col Alpha B. Farr
   Col Thomas W. Cahill[15]
   Col Lewis Benedict[16][17]

3rd Brigade

   BG Frank S. Nickerson


3rd Division
     BG Halbert E. Paine (w)
     Col Hawkes Fearing[18]

1st Brigade

   Col Timothy Ingraham
   Col Samuel P. Ferris[19][20]

2nd Brigade

   Col Hawkes Fearing
   Maj John H. Alcot[22]

3rd Brigade

   Col Oliver P. Gooding

  • 4th Battery, Massachusetts Light Artillery: Lt Frederick W. Reinhard
  • Battery F, 1st U.S. Light Artillery: Cpt Richard C. Duryea
  • 2nd Battery, Vermont Light Artillery: Cpt Pythagoras E. Holcomb

4th Division
     BG Cuvier Grover

1st Brigade

   BG William Dwight
   Col Joseph S. Morgan[23]

2nd Brigade

   Col William K. Kimball

3rd Brigade

   Col Henry W. Birge


   Cpt Henry W. Closson

  • 2nd Battery Massachusetts Light Artillery: Cpt Ormand F. Nims
  • Battery L, 1st U.S. Light Artillery: Cpt Henry W. Closson
  • Battery C, 2nd U.S. Light Artillery: Lt Theodore Bradley

United States Colored Troops

Corps D'Afrique

   BG Daniel Ullman

  • 6th Corps D'Afrique: Maj George Bishop
  • 7th Corps D'Afrique: Maj Cornelius Mowers
  • 8th Corps D'Afrique: Ltc William S. Mudgett
  • 9th Corps D'Afrique: Ltc Isaac S. Bangs
  • 10th Corps D'Afrique: Ltc Ladislas L. Zulavsky
  • 1st Louisiana Engineers: Col Justin Hodge
Native Guard


Grierson's Brigade

   Col Benjamin H. Grierson

West Gulf Blockading Squadron[edit]

Rear Admiral David G. Farragut

Class Vessel

Steam frigate

USS Hartford

   Cpt James S. Palmer

USS Richmond

   Cpt James Alden

USS Mississippi

   Cpt Melancton Smith

USS Monongahela

   Cpt James P. McKinstry


USS Albatross

   Lt Commander John E. Hart

USS Genesee

   Commander William H. Macomb

USS Kineo

   Lt Commander John Watters


USS Essex

   Commander Charles H. B. Caldwell


  1. ^ assigned to command the 2nd Division on 27 May
  2. ^ from 27 May
  3. ^ mustered out 25 August
  4. ^ Weitzel commanded the "Right Flank" of the Union forces during the siege.
  5. ^ Eicher p.528
  6. ^ from 14 May
  7. ^ from 27 May
  8. ^ from 28 May
  9. ^ from 30 May
  10. ^ Dow was wounded 27 May and was taken prisoner by Confederate cavalry in July while convalescing on a nearby plantation.
  11. ^ from 27 May
  12. ^ from 27 May
  13. ^ mustered out 17 August
  14. ^ 19th Corps Organization
  15. ^ from 12 May
  16. ^ temporarily on 14 June
  17. ^ At the time Benedict assumed command the 2nd Brigade consisted of 175th New York, 28th Maine, 48th Massachusetts, 162nd New York; Benedict, Henry Marvin (1866). A memorial of Brevet Brigadier General Lewis Benedict, colonel of 162d regiment N.Y.V.I., who fell in battle at Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell. p. 55. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  18. ^ from 14 June
  19. ^ Union Land Forces at Port Hudson - June 30, 1863
  20. ^ from 14 June
  21. ^ mustered out 17 August
  22. ^ from 14 June
  23. ^ from 30 May
  24. ^ mustered out 30 September
  25. ^ Redesignated 3rd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry on June 17, 1863.
  26. ^ mustered out 25 August