“In an effort to glorify the exploits of the Louisiana troops, some historians have glossed over their criminal behavior, treating very lightly the negative aspects of the Tigers. According to the author such apologies are unnecessary because ‘. . . Confederate commanders time and again called on them in the most desperate situations.’ It was the Tigers who blunted the initial Federal assault at First Manassas, played an important role in Jackson’s Valley campaign, held fast at Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle, fought hand to hand at Fort Stedman, and led Lee’s last offensive at Appomattox. This is an excellent work, thoroughly researched, and well written. Lee’s Tigers is the first comprehensive study of all the Louisiana units operating under General Lee.”—Civil War History
“Jones’s resourceful work in manuscript collections has turned up enough letters, diaries, muster rolls and other primary source material to present a coherent record of these ten regiments and five battalions that served under Lee. Lee’s Tigers gives them their due.”—Washington Post Book World
Terry L. Jones, professor emeritus of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the author or editor of many books on the Civil War, including The Civil War Memoirs of Captain William J. Seymour and Campbell Brown’s Civil War.
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