GDG- BG Harry Hayes - Louisiana Tigers
jlawrence at kc.rr.com
Wed Jan 18 15:07:38 CST 2012
They also "opened" their ranks to freedmen who had relatives still enslaved
with a promise of freedom for their relatives.
The most egregious of this sort were the freedman with wives who were still
slave who rented the marital beds for a dollar a week. They were cut off if
Even so, these were "bandbox" soldiers, used for display purpose. Only one
unit was ever put in harms way, on a barrier island, but withdrawn prior to
See: Thank God My Regiment's an African One: The Civil War Diary of Nathan
W. Daniels by Nathan W. Daniels From LSU Press.
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From: "Andy Mills" <amills at jplcreative.com>
To: "GDG" <gettysburg at arthes.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:33 AM
Subject: GDG- BG Harry Hayes - Louisiana Tigers
> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> I got to thinking about another story told during the "Ghost Tour" and
> wondered if this is a true story.
> The Louisiana Tigers were recruited from the seediest elements underbelly
> of the Louisianan society. That Louisiana opened their prisons to anyone
> who would volunteer and should they survive the war, they will be granted
> their freedom, as well as the criminal elements around New Orleans and the
> hardened backwoodsmen of the Bayous' and as a result, this made them one
> of the most feared troops in both armies.
> Is this another "good story" or did they fill their ranks in this manner?
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