Louis Hébert (general)

Louis Hébert
Born 1820
Bayou Goula, Louisiana
Died 1901 (aged 80–81)
Allegiance United States United States of America
Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
 Confederate States Army
Years of service 1845–1847 (USA)
1861–1865 (CSA)
Rank Brigadier General (CSA)
Battles/wars American Civil War
- Battle of Wilson's Creek
- Battle of Pea Ridge
- Battle of Iuka
- Second Battle of Corinth
- Battle of Vicksburg
Other work Civil Engineer, Educator, Newspaper editor

Louis Hébert (1820–1901) was an American educator, civil engineer, writer and soldier who became a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.


Born in Bayou Goula, Iberville parish, Louisiana, first cousin of engineer Paul Octave Hébert, Louis Hébert graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1845, resigned his commission in 1847 to run his ailing father's plantation, and like his cousin became a state militia officer and chief engineer of the state of Louisiana (1855–1860).

Commissioned Colonel of the 3rd Louisiana Infantry, Hébert fought with his regiment at Wilson's Creek and led Benjamin McCulloch's infantry brigade at the Pea Ridge, where Hébert was captured. After prisoner exchange, Hébert was appointed brigadier general in late May 1862, leading a brigade at Iuka, as well as Corinth and Vicksburg. At the last battle he was again made a prisoner of war. He was however again paroled. He then served in rebel operations in North Carolina as chief engineer of the department, and commanded the heavy artillery at Fort Fisher.

After the war Hébert was an editor and publisher of a local St. Martin's parish newspaper and taught at several private schools. He died in 1901. Because his burial site was located on private land, with assistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans in October 2002 his remains were disinterred and moved to St. Joseph's cemetery in nearby Cecilia.


  • Official biography at the Pea Ridge National Park Service site.
  • Cullum File #1233, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
  • Boatner, Mark Mayo, III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: McKay, 1959; revised 1988. ISBN 0-8129-1726-X.
  • Account of Hébert's final memorial ceremony with photographs.
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