GDG- Is this a true story?

Charles T. Joyce CTJoyce at
Wed Jan 11 14:15:40 CST 2012

You mean Issac Avery, right?

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Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
I must admit the following story comes from a "Ghost Tour" while in
Gettysburg last weekend, but having learned that Col. Isaac Hayes was
killed on a white horse while leading the charge on East Cemetery Hill
from that same tour, I got to wondering if this story is true, but I
haven't been able to find out.

In trying to explain the fierceness of the Louisiana Tigers, he relayed
the following story.

A Tennessean was walking through camp and came upon 4 Tigers playing
cards and was thus invited to play cards with them and indulge in some
of their beverages.  After playing a hand, he thanked them for their
hospitality, but couldn't stay any longer and despite being asked to
stay, graciously thanks his hosts but left.  About one hundred yards
from their card game, he found himself vomiting due to the fact that the
Tigers were using the dead body of a Union officer as their card table
and placed the candle in the bullet hole in this soldiers head.

This is a great story to illustrate the mentality of those Tigers but is
there any truth to this story?

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