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V.J. St. Martin
V.J. St. Martin

Confederate (CSV)


Victor Joseph St. Martin

Home State: Louisiana
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Louisiana Infantry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
He was raised in and near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. In May 1862, at the outbreak of War, he joined the Phoenix Company which mustered into service in June as Company K of the 8th Infantry. St. Martin was First Lieutenant.

He was on recruiting duty for the Regiment in Louisiana in February and March 1862, but returned to combat service for the Shenandoah Valley Campaign (May-June 1862), in the Seven Days (June), at Cedar Mountain and Second Manassas (August), and into Maryland. He was promoted to Captain and command of the Company in June 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
The 8th Louisiana was at Harpers Ferry and fought with the rest of Hays' Brigade in the Cornfield at Antietam early in the morning of 17 September 1862. Captain St. Martin was wounded "severely" there, and captured. He signed a parole on 4 October and was formally exchanged on 5 November.

The remainder of the War:
He fought with the regiment at Frederickburg (December) and Chancellorsville (May 1863) before heading for Gettysburg. He was killed there in action at Cemetery Ridge on 2 July 1863.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Biographical basics and the photo above, from a family CDV, are courtesy GGGrandson Erik Himmel. Additional details from Wayne Cosby.

See also a more detailed presentation on the Captain at behind AotW.

Birth State: LA    
Death Date: 07/02/1863    Death Place: Gettyburg, Pennsylvania    Burial Place: Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland

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