|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1833|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 1864|
De Soto Parish
James Hamilton Beard was born July 28, 1833 in Lowndes County, Alabama to Edward Derrel and Caroline Rembert Beard. When he was 11 years old both parents died in an epidemic of Typhoid. He became a protégé of DeSoto Parish pioneer Col. Charles Edwards. He served as a steamboat captain and ran several Mills for Col. Edwards. He married Katherine Tomkies Oct 1, 1857 and settled near Kingston in DeSoto Parish.
In 1860 Beard was operating a store in Shreveport, when Louisiana seceded from the Union, he formed the first Infantry Company from the Shreveport area. The Shreveport Grays became part of the 1st Special Battalion and went to Virginia. Beard later returned to Louisiana and formed the 11th Infantry Battalion. This became the Consolidated Crescent Regiment with Beard as its Colonel. On April 8, 1864 Beard's command along with Gray's 28th Louisiana made the first charge against Banks at the Battle of Mansfield, the high-point of the Red River Campaign. Col. Beard was struck by a minie ball and killed. His brother removed his body from the field of battle, and in a borrowed wagon took him home some 15 miles up the road to his wife and two children, one of which was only 11 days old.
He was buried near his home in Kingston. His wife dedicated her life to the commemoration of the Confederacy; the U.D.C. chapter in Desoto Parish is the Kate Beard Chapter.
The Logansport Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is named for Colonel James Hamilton Beard.
Edward Darrell Beard (1803 - 1844)
Caroline Videau Rembert Beard (1814 - 1844)
Corinne Gayle Beard Scott (1860 - 1947)*
De Soto Parish
Created by: David Hill
Record added: Feb 16, 2005
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