William Hopkins"Buck" Bailey

By Nolan Bailey

At 04:20 PM 8/2/2006, you wrote:

First the updates...

For the record, my family has had an "association" with Minden for years and years.  So, when anyone has mentioned Minden to me over the many years, a smile has always "crossed my heart."

My great-great-grandfather's family lived near Minden during Civil War times.  William Hopkins "Buck" Bailey, and two of his brothers, served with the Minden Blues during that war.  Some of his brothers and sisters lived in Warsaw, too.

Bailey, William Hopkins, Enlisted as a Private and promoted to Sergeant. Co. I. 8th La. Infantry. His name is on a list, not dated, of the Minden Blues who came down from Adkins' Landing, Red River, to New Orleans, La., on the Steamer, Eleanor. Arrived on June 14th. 1861. Enlisted on June 23rd, 1861, at Camp Moore, La. Present on Rolls to Oct., 1861. Roll for Nov. and Dec., 1861, "Present. In Arrest since Dec. 25th, 1861." Roll for December 31st. 1861, to April 30th, 1862.  "Present. Re-Enlisted and Mustered In for the War by Major Christy at Camp Carondelet, Va., Feb. 12th, 1862. Paid as a Private to April 24th, 1862." Rolls from June 30th, 1862, to Aug., 1862, "Absent. Wounded on June 27th." Rolls from Sept., 1862, to Feb, 1863, state "Present." Roll for Feb. 28th, 1863, to May 14th, 1863, "Absent. Missing on May 4th, 1863." Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War Captured Fredericksburg, Va., May 3rd, 1863. Forwarded from Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D. C., to Fort Delaware, Del., May 7th, 1863. Paroled at Fort Delaware. Received at City Pt., Va., May 23rd, 1863, and Exchanged. Rolls from Aug. 11th, 1863, to Aug. 31st, 1864. state "Present." Roll for Nov. and Dec., 1863. "Absent. Prisoner Since Nov. 7th, 1863." Prisoner of War Rolls, "Captured Rappahannock, Va., Nov. 7th, 1863. Received. at Washington Nov, 11th, 1863. Paroled at Pt. Lookout, Md., and Transferred for Exchange on Feb. 10th, 1865. And, exchanged at Cox's Landing, Va., on Feb. 14th-15th, 1865." Occupation, Farmer. Res., Minden, La. Single.


William Hopkins "Buck" Bailey
Note scar on his left cheek.   Taken from above statement:  "Absent. Wounded June 27th."

These two brothers did not come back from the war.  They enlisted on the same day, March 15th, 1862, at Minden.  "Beware of the Ides of March."

Bailey, John W., Pvt. Co. G. 8th La. Infty. Enlisted on March 15th, 1862, Minden, La. Present on Rolls to July, 1862. Rolls from Aug., 1862, to Oct., 1862, "Absent. Sick." Rolls from Nov., 1862, to May, 1863, state "Present." Roll to June 30th, 1863, "Killed May 4th, 1863." Occupation, Farmer. Res., Minden, La. Married.  (I've always wondered what happened to his family.)

Bailey, E. C., Pvt. Co. G. 8th La. Infty. Enlisted at Minden, La., March 15th, 1862. Present on Roll to April 30th, 1862. Roll for May and June, 1862, "Absent. Wounded at Winchester, Va., May 25th, 1862." Roll for July and Aug., 1862, "Present." Rolls from Sept., 1862, to Feb., 1863, state "Absent, Sick." Rolls from Feb., 1863, to Oct., 1863, "Present." Federal Rolls of Prisoners of War Captured Rappahannock, Va., Nov. 7th, 1863. Sent to Washington, Nov. 11th, 1863. Forwd. to Pt. Lookout, Md., March 9th, 1864, for Exchange, Exchanged March 10th, 1864. Roll for May and June, 1864, "Killed in Battle of Spottsylvania C. H., May 12th, 1864. Res., Minden, La.


The Civil War is one of my historical interests,

Recently, I have begun, once again, to work on the history of my Bailey family and their
participation in the Civil War. My great-great grandfather William Bailey and his wife was
Selinda Rosabelle Knox. Apparently, they lived near the community of Overton, Louisiana,
around the time of the Civil War. For, in October of 1871, they sold their farm in Township 19 of
Section 33, Webster Parish, to one Frances J. Pearce.

Three of their sons were members of the Minden Blues, Company G, 8th Louisiana Infantry Regiment.

The oldest brother, John W. was killed in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg, on May 4, 1863. John W. was married and had two sons which are lost to my family -- W. G. and H. J.

Somewhere, in a book at the Louisiana Tech library back in the 1970's, I found this quote--wish I knew the title of the book: "Without disparagement to the rest of the regiment, whose conduct in presence of the enemy, with few exceptions, was admirable, allow me to commend to your favorite notice the names of Captain Joseph J. Cooper, Company F; Sergeant Lyman A. Spooner, Company I; and Private Thomas H. Bradley, Company K; also Corporal John W. Bailey, Company G; who, by their marked coolness and bravery, proved themselves on this, as on many previous occasions, deserving of the highest praise."

H. M. Tremlett
Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding Regiment

Lieutenant Aubrey Leavitt
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General

My great grandfather William Hopkins Bailey survived the war, but was wounded twice at the battle of Gaines Run...once in the left breast and once in the head. In addition, he was a prisoner at two different Union prisons during the war--Fort Delaware and at Point Lookout. He married Susan Elizabeth Turner, from the Minden area, after the war.

The younger brother, Edward C. "Ed" Bailey was wounded at Winchester, Va., suffered for many months with typhoid fever, and was held prisoner at Point Lookout, before being released. He returned to the Minden Blues, but was killed at the Battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse, on May 12, 1864.

No, the Civil War was not "civil."

Nolan Bailey