Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)

Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)
CWLA seeks to provide an online resource of any and all material of the Civil War relating to Louisiana with a special interest in the war in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2nd Louisiana July 4th Letter

From the diary of WILLIAM CLEGG of Louisiana, a Confederate soldier in the 2nd Louisiana
Infantry, July 4, 1861 (Gilder Lehrman Collection, GLC03133)

4th July, 1861 –

Camp in a fever of excitement, on account of rumors from below, a battle expected in a day or so This is the first 4th dawning upon our glorious confederacy, but what a change has come upon the country, “the home of the free the land of the brave.” We are a disrupted Union, & feel sensibly that after all, no written constitution & laws framed by the wisest of our ancestors, no comon country made sacred by the blood of our forefathers, no brotherly share in past victories is proof against a separation that wreaks its passion in slaughter, & furnishes with the victims of the battle field so many proofs of the fact, that our ones the best of human governments is a failure, & was but an experiment.

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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