Sunday, June 20, 2010
Struggling to find a Civil War ancestor
I think it is most likely that this record is for the elder Charles Hopp.
Confederate pensions for Louisiana did not start until 1898. Charles was dead by this time as was his wife Susanna. I found no record of a pension for a C Hopp or Charles Hopp or Susanna Hopp or any Hopp.
Next I decided to try to find out more about this Company 8, Chasseurs a pied, Louisiana Militia. Charles Hopp was German not French.
In Google Books I found the following information in The Confederate Army 1861-65: Virginia and Arkansas, Volume 4, Osprey Publishing 2006 by Ron Field and Richard Hook.
Pg5 "Organized under Col Charles A. Janvier on May 8, 1861, the Bataillon des Chasseurs d'Orleans or Orleans Rifle Battalion was composed of French, Italian, and German volunteers. All eight companies of this unit adopted a service uniform described in the New Orleans Bee on May 9, 1861 as consisting of 'a blue jacket, loose brown linen pantaloons, white gaiters and blue caps.'"
A Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units 1861-1865, LSU Press, 1996 by Arthur W. Bergeron on page 183 lists a Chasseurs-a Pied under Colonel J. Simon Meilleur and Lieutenant Colonel C. A. Janvier. It lists only 7 companies with their commanders. I haven't been able to find a captain for Company 8.
More research is needed to find out anything more about Charles Hopp and his Civil War record.