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, January 3, 2019

New & Improved Lee's Tigers by Terry L. Jones

Dr. Tery L. Jones released an updated version of his original Lee's Tigers (1987). It is titled: Lee's Tigers Revisited: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (2017). Jones' excellent work covers the history of the two brigades of Louisiana infantry that fought in the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee. There were eventually regiments, around 12,000 men, who fought in these two brigades: 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th Infantry Regiments and other various battalions - the most renowned beating Wheat's Tigers of the 1st Louisiana Battalion. If you are a student of the Army of Northern Virginia or Louisiana's role in the war, Jones' Lee's Tigers is a must have. Phenomenal piece of work on Louisianians in the Eastern Theater. I have linked both versions of Dr. Jones' book (and here is the link to a reprint of his original in 2002). Make sure you pick up a copy of his "new" book...this is not a new post and at this point, Dr. Jones book has been out for quite some time!

Dr. Jones forwarded a copy to me and I enjoyed re-reading a book that really kickstarted my love and interest in all things Louisiana Civil War related. This was also my inspiration in college in the 1990s to research other Louisiana brigades in the Civil War. Dr. Jones and I met in 2010, and I got to personally share my interest in his work and thank him for interest it sparked in me to search out more. This ultimately led to me writing a history of the Adams-Gibson Louisiana Brigade in the Army of Tennessee (Louisianians in the Western Confederacy).

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