A propos de moi
My Name is Denis R. Mouton,
I was born in Lafayette, Louisiana. I am a “Louisiana Cajun”. My
grandfather, my mother and one of her sisters, my Aunt Isa, were
very artistically talented.
All of them left our families with lots of beautiful and treasured
My grandfather, Valdemar (Val) Smith (my mother’s father)
designed the General Mouton Statue in Lafayette.
As a civil engineer, he contributed greatly to the development
of the City of Lafayette.
He was City Engineer for the City of Lafayette for 12 years
and helped develop many public and private projects.
One of his very interesting projects - the design of the General Alfred Mouton Statue, stands in front of
Lafayette City Hall today. He was given a bust portrait of General Mouton with approximate dimensions
and height from which to work. From the bust portrait the design and drawings were made up
and drawn to life-size scale. Using his imagination, his ingenuity, and his artistic talent, my
grandfather "made up" General Mouton from the waist down, boots included in his design.
General Mouton, a Confederate General died in the Battle of Mansfield on April 8, 1864
protecting Shreveport, the capital of Confederate Louisiana.
General Mouton was my great grandfather, five generations back.