Originally formed as "McWaters Rangers", this independent company from Rapides Parish became Company "G" of the 2nd Louisiana Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A. in 1862. It's captain, James A. McWaters, became a Lt. Col. in the newly formed regiment. Ltc. McWaters was killed in action on January 14, 1863, defending the gunboat "Cotton" on Bayou Teche. The Regiment fought under General Richard Taylor, and covered his rear during the retreat from Southwest Louisiana, and was his vanguard when he went back into the area. The Regiment fought dismounted at the Battle of Mansfield.
The commander of Company G was Thomas J. Stafford, who resigned on April 28, 1865, just before final surrender. For the last few weeks of the War, the company was commanded by E.T. Lewis.[See: Guide to Louisiana Confederate Military Units; 1861-1865; By: Arthur W. Bergeron, Jr.; L.S.U. Press; Baton Rouge, La. (1989) pp. 41-43]. From the alphabetical listing contained in Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers & Confederate Commands; By: Andrew B. Booth; New Orleans, La. (1920), the following is a compilation of Company G's Rapides Parish troopers:
Thomas J. Baggett * Burgess, B.B. 1st Sgt. Lassard, L.A. Pvt.(Also: Layssard) Burgess, L.A. Pvt Lokey, J.P. Pvt. Butler, E.O. Pvt. Marler, S. Pvt. (Also: Mahlur) Calvit, W.N. Pvt. Marshall, H. Pvt. Cannon, J.G. Pvt. Mentiorn, T. Pvt. Cannon, N.T. Pvt. Mustain, T. Pvt. Cannon, S.T. Pvt. McWaters, L. Pvt. Daffel, F.M. Pvt. Neal, M.S. Corpl. Daffel, J.P. Pvt. Rector, Robert Pvt. Davidson, M. Pvt. Register, C. Pvt. Davis, John F. Pvt. Robinson, C.L. Pvt. Deralcourt, ??? Pvt. Rogen, H. Pvt. Dodge, E.E. Pvt. Rogers, H. Pvt. Dorsett, O. Pvt. Rogester, C. Pvt. Duffel, Fell M. Corpl. (also: Doffel) Scott, B.F. Sgt. Duffel, James P. Pvt. (possibly same Simmes, E.R. Pvt. as Daffel) Edmond, L. 1st Corpl. Snelling, J.P. Sgt. Edwards, L. Pvt Stevens, J.N. Pvt. Fant, John T.W. Pvt. Stickles, S.N. Pvt. Harvey, T.J. Pvt. Strother, J.T. Pvt. Hebert, Edward Pvt. Strother, S.F. Pvt. Hickman, T. Pvt. Tanner, S. Pvt. Holston, S., Jr. Pvt. (also Holstien) Taylor, W.E. Pvt. Hudson, A.W. Pvt. Texada, T. Pvt. Iles, Dempsey Sgt. Thorpe, F.L. Pvt. Iles, H.W. Pvt. Tindle, F. Pvt. (Also: Tindol) Johnson, A.G. Sgt. Torrey, L.E. Pvt. Johnson, C.L. Pvt. Towey, L.E. Pvt. Johnson, F.B. Pvt. Tyler, F.M. Pvt. Johnson, J.D. Sgt. Tyler, Nath. Pvt. Kay, S.H. Pvt. Vestal, W.A. Pvt. Lacaste, B. Pvt. Voorhies, G.T. Pvt. Lacaste, Lezime Pvt. Voorhies, William Sgt. Lacaste, P. Pvt. Weems, C. C. Corpl. Lackie, Thomas L. Pvt. (Leckie) Weems, E. Pvt. Laird, E.W. Pvt. Williams, D.W. Pvt. Laird, John Pvt. Land, John Pvt. Lassard, A. Pvt. (Layssard)
* This name added 2 April 2000 by Mark Baggett