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Lee's Tigers: The Louisiana Infantry in the Army of Northern Virginia (Civil War (Louisana State University Press))

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The "Tigers" of the title are the Louisiana volunteers who fought in the army of northern Virginia. Jones's 1987 volume presents the sordid history of these soldiers gleaned from primary sources including letters, diaries, muster rolls, and more.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Terry L. Jones, professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor of The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour: Reminiscences of a Louisiana Tiger and Campbell Brown's Civil War: With Ewell and the Army of Northern Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Civil War (Louisana State University Press)
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: LSU Press (February 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807127868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807127865
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louisiana gave two full brigades of infantry to the Army of Northern Virginia. These fierce warriors were known as the Tigers. The fighting prowess of the Louisiana Tigers was unsurpassed by any infantry on either side.

At First Manassas, The Louisiana Fighting Tiger Rifles made first contact with the Union Army and fought an heroic delaying action on the extreme left flank of General Beauregard's army, thus giving time for the Confederate Army to react to having its left flank suddenly and unexpectedly turned. At Second Manassas, the Tigers repulsed a Union assault with rocks after the ammo ran out. At Gettysburg, the Tigers actually captured Cemetery Hill on July 2d. At Petersburg, the Tigers were hand picked to lead a last-ditch effort to break the siege. The Fighting Tigers rewarded Lee's confidence by capturing Fort Stedman. No other Confederate infantry achieved greater Glory. This book sheds much needed light on a topic that has never previously been dealt with in a book: The Louisiana Fighting Tigers.
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I am a Civil war reenactor in a unit that portrays Co. b of the 1st Special Btn. (the original Tigers)- and when I first got started in the unit 2 years ago it proved most helpful in the factt hat it brought all of the 'little sources' together that i otherwise probably owuld have never found. It includes all of the Louisiana units that served in the ANV and if you portray a Louisiana soldier i would highly suggest reading this. It is not only full of info that is highly valuable to the historian/reenactor of Louisiana troops but the stories of these guys are entertaining as well- They weren't called Tigers only for their striped pants... The tales of their shenanigans are endless!
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Terry L. Jones has written an excellent history of the history of the "Louisiana Tigers" the soldiers of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia that hailed from Louisiana. These soldiers were rowdy, hard drinking, dirty and hard fighting, fierce in battle (sometimes possessed as many Union Soldiers would say). These men from all parts of the Bayou State (from New Orleans to Monroe, New Iberia to Shreveport) were very colorful, lively, quick tempered, good humored, strongly opinionated, and very fierce in battle as the Union Army of the Potomac would learn in battle after battle. They were often drunk in camp after a battle, and would dispose of the officers and leaders they didn't like either by violence or by voicing their displeasure of them VERY loudly! The author tells about one of the stormiest train rides in military history. While on their way to Virginia, the enlisted men of the Louisiana Battalion broke loose their officers' car from the rest of the train and proceeded to partake of many gallons of whiskey. Upon arriving in Montgomery, the battalion went loose thru the town and vandalized, looted, and almost burned down numerous buildings. It took the officers of the battalion to quell the riots with drawn pistols.
It was the Louisiana Tigers though that held back the initial Union rout at First Bull Run, made possible General Stonewall Jackson's famed Valley Campaign, fought ferociously at Gettysburg, at Spotsylvania's Bloody Angle, and led Lee's last offensive actions at Fort Stedman and Appomattox.
These men despite their bad reputation and at times terrible behavior were brave and daring in battle and earned a well deserved reputation of being one of the bravest battalions that served the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865.
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I was familiar with Terry Jones, but had never really read any of his works. But I, relativey recently, decided to read about the Louisiana Tigers, mainly because a great, great grandfather, Private Samuel Benton Wininger, was a member of Company
A, 6th Louisiana Volunteers. Thirty years of age when he enlisted, he was wounded at Chantilly, captured twice (Fredericksbrg and Rappahanock Station) and subsequently paroled to fight again. He, incredibly, was one of the 55 survivors, out of 916 original volunteers, at the surrender at Appomattox. He then walked to his home in Union Parish, Louisiana, shoeless and with a beard so long he frightened his children that he hadn't seen since the beginning of the war. Jones brings to life this colorful group of Confederates who were much feared by the Union and looked upon with considerable disdain by Confederate commanders....until they went into battle. Lee's Tigers dramatically describes the deprivations these soldiers endured, especially during the terrible Virginia winters where food, clothing and shelter was virtually non-existent. Jones doesn't just dwell on the grand strategy of the commanders of either side, but provides a vivid description of life by the enlisted soldier. Using, in part, Jones's book, I've been able to identify the almost thirty battles and skirmishes he was a part, to include the Wilderness, Antietam, Winchester, Fredericksburg, and of course, Cemetery Hill at Gettysburg. This alone enabled me to better appreciate the very tenuous nature of my very existence for it is extraordinary that my relative even survived this horrific war.
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