The goal of Civil War Louisiana is to provide an online resource of information and links to our great state's involvement in the war. Topics expected to be commonly covered are: Battles fought in Louisiana, battles that Louisianians participated in, unit histories, rosters, uniforms and equipment of Louisiana soldiers, personalities to include not only the leadership of the state and armies but the common soldier, flags and resources to research/read on the state's role in the war.

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Captured Confederates at Gettysburg

Captured Confederates at Gettysburg
Confederates captured at Gettysburg. Some believe that these were three Louisiana "Tigers."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rappahannock Humor

Battle of Rappahannock Station (Harpers Weekly)

Harry Hays' 1st Louisiana Brigade was given a bloody nose at Rappahannock Station on November 7, 1863. Two Yank brigades were sent against the exposed position and after the attack the Louisianians lost an estimated 700 of the 1,600 Confederates captured. Following the battle, a veteran of the 10th Maine came across a group of the Louisiana soldiers and said the following:

"Some of the prisoners were the famous Louisiana Tigers, a fine lot of men physically, and as they marched by, in the best of humor, some of them remarked, 'We're going to see Father Abraham and get some soft bread.' "

Source: Alfred Roe, The Tenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865 (1909), 231.


  1. I'm writing a paper on Butler's rule in New Orleans and developing a great interest in Louisiana's Civil War and I think you're doing an excellent job with this blog. Keep it up!

  2. Thank you, very kind words. We are hoping to really throw in some extra goodies real soon (more rosters, flags, etc.)


Coppens' Zouave Battalion

Coppens' Zouave Battalion
Lt. Colonel George Coppens (seated) and brother, Captain Marie Alfred Coppens.Image sold at auction on Cowan Auctions, for $14,375