(1822 - 1864)
Home State: Louisiana
Education: (?) College at Nashville, TN
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 9th Louisiana Infantry
see his Battle Report
He was a planter at Greenwood Plantation until 1853, and thereafter at Edgefield Plantation, both in Rapides Parish. During the period 1846-47, L. A. Stafford was Sheriff of Rapides Parish but, enlisted in the US Army for service in the War with Mexico, initially as a private soldier with the "Rapides Volunteers" (Company E, 3d Louisiana Infantry Regiment) and later with Captain Ben McCullough's Texas Rangers.
In 1861, he formed the "Stafford Guards", mustered into CSA service as Company B, 9th Louisiana Infantry. Initially Captain of this company, he was appointed Colonel commanding the 9th in 1862.
On the Campaign
He assumed command of the Brigade when General Starke was killed at Sharpsburg on the morning of September 17.
The rest of the War
In October 1863 he was appointed Brigadier General and commander of the 2d Louisiana Brigade. He was mortally wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, Va in May 1864.
He was temporarily interred at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, later removed to the family plot at Greenwood.
References & notes
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4/13/1822; near Cheneyville, LA
5/8/1864; Richmond, VA; burial in Stafford Cemetery, Cheneyville, Rapides Parish, La