1880 - 1881
Louis Alfred Wiltz, the 27th Governor of Louisiana, died in 1881 of tuberculosis at age 38 while governor.
A New Orleans area native, he joined the Chalmette Regiment of the Volunteer State Troops Militia Infantry for the civil war effort. He rose to Captain of Co E, called "Wiltz's Gulf Guards". His father was also a Captain in the regiment but became deathly ill and was returned to Chalmette.
The Chalmette Regiment was located at Quarantine Station, six miles upriver from Fort St. Philip before Admiral Farragut attacked. Word arrived to Louis Wiltz that his father was soon to die. His fellow officers and superior officer urged him to visit his father at Chalmette.
After Admiral Farragut successfully came upriver past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Confederate Gen. Tracy disbanded the Chalmette Regiment. Many were captured and later paroled. Louis A. Wiltz, however, was in Chalmette dealing with the death of his father and soon left the city after the funeral.
Many of his Co E soldiers were captured downriver. Wiltz then joined the Cavalry of the Trans-Mississippi Department. He commanded a number of scouts from different regiments.
He later became Mayor of New Orleans, a state representative, speaker of the house, and Lt. Governor before being elected as Governor of Louisiana.
He was one of the incorporators of the Louisiana Historical Society's new charter in April, 1877, when he was Lt. Governor and President of the Senate. This society was originally founded on January 15, 1836.
He was also a member of the Army of Tennessee - Louisiana Division - Association.
As a member, he was reserved a space in the Association's Army of Tennessee Tumulus in Metairie Cemetery. His crypt is across the aisle from Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard and has this engraving:
Louis A. Wiltz
Wiltz, Louis A., Capt. Co. E, Chalmette Regt. La. Mil. On Roll not dated,
ordered into the service of the State of Louisiana. Remarks: Present. On
List not dated as Commander of Co. Roll for March 2, _, to _, En. March 2,
1862, New Orleans, La. Present or absent not stated.
Above from Records of Louisiana
Confederate Soldiers by Andrew B. Booth
Wiltz, Louis A., Capt. Co. E, Chalmette Regt. La. Mil. On Roll not dated, ordered into the service of the State of Louisiana. Remarks: Present. On List not dated as Commander of Co. Roll for March 2, _, to _, En. March 2, 1862, New Orleans, La. Present or absent not stated.
Above from Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers by Andrew B. Booth
Several obituaries state that he was interred in the St. Louis Cemetery #2 family tomb. The family tomb does not record his burial.
The book, Army of Tennessee - Louisiana Division - The Association and Tumulus, by Jerry Johnson Wier is a remarkable record of the association and tumulus.
Investigation of this discrepancy is ongoing.
Mrs. Francoise St. Amand
wife of Louis Alfred Wiltz
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