(1797 - 1866)
Home State: Louisiana
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Louisiana Infantry
He had been a Louisiana Militia officer, and served during the Mexican War (1846-47) as Lt Colonel of the 1st Louisiana Regiment of Foot in Federal service. In May 1861 he helped establish Camp Moore, near Tangipahoa, Louisiana, the state's recruit training and mustering site. He joined the 5th Louisiana Infantry as Lt Colonel, and was soon Colonel of the Regiment. He was wounded on 29 August 1862 at 2nd Manassas while in temporary command of Hays' Brigade, as senior officer present.
The rest of the War
By late November 1864 he was in charge of moving prisoners of war from Savannah to Blackshear, Georgia, due to Federal General Sherman's advance. He had also seen service at Andersonville Prison. By February 1865 Colonel Forno was acting Commissary General of Prisoners, having replaced General Winder who had just died of a heart attack.
References & notes
Sources: Roster, First Regiment of Foot, 1846 - posted online by Geneasearch ;
History of the Florence National cemetery - a pdf document online; and
Camp Moore, a history posted on the web by the Camp Moore Historical Association.
Photograph above kindly provided by Greatgranddaughter Sarah McRedmond (original source not known).
Colonel Forno was married to the former Maria Ketcham (1812-1861) from Long Island, NY - she died in November 1861 at Ponchatoula, Tangipahoa Parish.
1797 in SC
1/31/1866 Amite City, LA