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The First Louisiana Special Battalion Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War by Gary Schreckengost

The First Louisiana Special Battalion Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War


The First Louisiana Special Battalion Wheat's Tigers in the Civil War by Gary Schreckengost

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.


a well-written's time their tale was told, and this book does it well - Civil War News.

About the Author

Author and historian Gary Schreckengost lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania. An infantry officer in the Army Reserves, his work has been published in American Civil War Magazine, World War II Magazine, Field Artillery Journal and Armor Magazine.

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Publication date

30th July 2017


Gary Schreckengost

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McFarland & Co Inc


221 pages


American Civil War
History of the Americas



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