THEIR MENTOR AND FATHER-FIGURE: THE ORLEANS LIGHT HORSE WAS THE ESCORT COMPANY TO LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEONIDAS POLK from April '62 until the general's death in June'64. In his pre-war capacity as Bishop of Louisiana, Polk was well-acquainted with a number of the families of the light horse troopers.
Stephen Dodson Ramseur (May 31, 1837 – October 20, 1864) was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, at one point the youngest in the army. He impressed Lee by his actions at Chancellorsville, where his brigade led Stonewall Jackson’s flank attack, taking 50% casualties. On the first day of Gettysburg, he dramatically routed a Union brigade, sending it running through the town, though his superiors did not authorise further pursuit. He was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina