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As an addendum, I see that Simon ( or at least I think it might be him) was elected Capt., Co. K, Confederate Guard Regiment, Louisiana Militia. Entered 8 March 1862 at New Orleans, appears on undated rolls for March/April 1862. Nothing more on him or this unit that I can find. This unit could have been consolidated with another unit or whatever. In thinking about it, this fellow was about 41 years old, if his birthdate is correct, so he was a little old to withstand the rigors of a soldier's life during this conflict. Also, New Orleans fell early on in the war so if he hung around home then he probably called it quits since the city itself didn't put up a defense. The only major action took place near the mouth of the Mississippi River where Ft. Jackson and Ft. St. Phillips unsuccessfully tried to stop Farragut's naval force. When you think about the average life span ca. 1860, Simon was approaching old age. If you haven't done so, you still might want to follow-up on the Mexican War service. NARA has those records. Rick