The First Louisiana Special Battalion: Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War
From the little-known Filibuster Wars to the Civil War battlefield of Gaines' Mill, this volume details the fascinating story of one of the South's most colorful military units, the 1st Louisiana Special Battalion, aka Wheat's Tigers. Beginning with a brief look at the Filibuster Wars (a set of military attempts to annex Latin American countries into the United States as slave states), the work takes a close look at the men who comprised Wheat's Tigers: Irish immigrant ship hands, New Orleans dock workers and Filibuster veterans. Commanded by one of the greatest antebellum filibusterers, Chatham Roberdeau Wheat, the Tigers quickly distinguished themselves in battle through their almost reckless bravery, proving instrumental in Southern victories at the battles of Front Royal, Winchester and Port Republic. An in-depth look at Battle of Gaines' Mill, in which Wheat's Tigers suffered heavy casualties, including their commander, completes the story. Appendices provide a compiled roster of the Wheat's Tigers, a look at the 1st Louisiana's uniforms and a copy of Wheat's report about the Battle of Manassas. Never-before-published photographs are also included.
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The Filibuster Wars to Southernize
Formation of Wheats Tigers
Seneca Falls and Matthews Hill
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2nd Rhode Island 9th Louisiana A.P. Hill Aikens Landing American artillery attack battery Battle of Gaines battle of Manassas Bridge Brig Camp Captain captured cavalry charge Charles Chatham Roberdeau Wheat Chickahominy Colonel command Confederate Creek D.H. Hill Delta Rangers deployed Douglas Dufour enemy Ewell Ewell's division Federal fight filibusters fire forces Fremont's Front Royal George guns Handerson Henry Hill Hill's infantry Jackson James John kepis killed Lee's Lieutenant Louisiana Brigade Louisiana Tigers Malvern Hill McClellan miles N.O. June Nicaragua Old Dominion Guards ordered Orleans Daily Delta pike Port Republic Porter's Potomac regiments remembered retreat Richmond River road Roberdeau Wheat Robert Rosengarten Shenandoah SHSP skirmishers soldiers Southern Stonewall Stonewall Brigade Taylor Thomas Tiger Battalion Tiger Rifles Trimble's Trinity USAMHI Virginia volunteers Walker Guards Wheat's Battalion Wheat's Tigers White William William Walker Winchester wounded Yankee yards York Zouaves