John H. Pipes and W.H. Pipes

Pvt. Company G and Company I, 4th Louisiana Infantry

Last updated on November 11, 2000

The identity of W.H. Pipes has been determined to be William Henry Pipes. He was a Private in Company G, also known as the Delta Rifles from St. Helena Parish. He apparently left this unit and by late in 1861 he was a member of the 15th tennessee Infantry. He went on to become an officer in that unit and further details of his actions in the 15th Tennesse can be found under the name of William H. Pipes. 

I am still working on the identity for John H. Pipes. New information indicates that he was discharged in 1862 because he was "overage". I am not sure of the meaning of that term. He may be John H. Pipes born in 1827 and a son of David Pipes and Elizabeth Holmes.

4th Infantry Regiment, organized at New Orleans, Louisiana, in April, 1861, contained men from New Orleans and the parishes of St. Helena, Lafourche, West Feliciana, Plaquemines, West Baton Rouge, and East Carroll. The unit served on the gulf coast of Louisiana and Mississippi, then moved to Tennessee where it was engaged in the fight at Shiloh. Later it was assigned to Maxey's Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. It saw action at Vicksburg and Baton Rouge, and was on duty at Port Hudson until March 1863. Sent to Jackson and later Mobile, it then was assigned to Quarles' and Gibson's Brigade. The regiment participated in the Atlanta and Hood's Tennessee campaigns, and in 1865 returned to Mobile. It sustained 209 casualties at Shiloh, had 403 present for duty in July 1862, totaled 374 men and 391 arms in December 1863, and had 161 fit for duty in November 1864. The 4th was included in the surrender on May 4, 1865. The field officers were Colonels Henry W Allen, Robert J. Barrow, and S. E. Hunter; Lieutenant Colonel William F. Penning-ton; and Majors E. J. Pullen and Thomas E. Vick.

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