Commentary on contemporary and historical issues related to Confederate Heritage.
The South's Defenders Monument
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Fighting for Southern Independence:
History of the 11th Texas Infantry Regiment by Michael Dan Jones
Major General Franklin Gardner
This is the biography of a professional soldier who led the Confederate defense of Port Hudson, Louisiana during the epic siege from May 21 to July 9, 1863. He was one of the finest commanders of the Confederate Army and this is believed to be the first book length biography of his life.
The Fighting First Louisiana Infantry
The 1st Louisiana Infantry Regiment was one of the hardest fighting units of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the War for Southern Independence. This is its story.
Swamp Angels: A History of the 11th Battalion (Spaight's) Texas Volunteers
From the First Battle of Sabine Pass to battles in Louisiana, the 11th Battalion (Spaight's) Texas Volunteers fought in defense of Texas and Southern Independence.
Niblett's Bluff in the War Between the States by Michael Dan Jones
This is the story of an important Confederate fortification on the Texas-Louisiana border.
General Mouton's Regiment: The 18th Louisiana Infantry by Michael Dan Jones
This is the history of General Alfred Mouton's regiment, the 18th Louisiana Infantry, which he led throughout the War for Southern Independence, from Shiloh to Mansfield. Click on image for more information.
Confederate Guards Response Battalion
History of the one of the hardest fighting Louisiana units during the War for Southern Independence.
1st Louisiana Zouaves
This is the story of one of the most unique and famed Louisiana units in the War for Southern Independence, the 1st Louisiana Zouaves . Made up largely of foreigners from many countries, the men wore the gaudy French Zouave uniform and fought with a fierce determination for the new Southern Republic.
Dick Dowling and the Jefferson Davis Guard
This is the story of one of the most famous and celebrated Confederate units. Click on image for details.
Confederate States Rangers of the 10th Louisiana Infantry
Company K in the War for Southern Independence
Lt. Col. King Bryan of Hood's Texas Brigade
Freedom Fighter for Texas and Southern Independence
The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou by Michael Dan Jones
This is a concise history of the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi from December 26-29, 1862. Also covered are the preliminary cavalry raids of generals Earl Van Dorn and Nathan Bedford Forrest. The book contains maps, photographs and illustrations, bibliography and index.
9th Battalion Louisiana Infantry
This is the history of the 9th Battalion Louisiana Infantry which fought at the Battle of Baton Rouge and the Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana in the War for Southern Independence. The unit took part in the famous charge of Allen's Brigade at Baton Rouge. The men of the unit were fighting in defense of their own home area since most were from East Baton Rouge and nearby parishes. Click on image for more information.
Mouton's Charge at the Battle of Mansfield and the Red River Campaign
This is the story of the famous attack at the Battle of Mansfield, La., April 8, 1864, led by Brig. Gen. Alfred Mouton.
The Vicksburg 28th Louisiana Infantry
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The Tiger Rifles: The Making of a Louisiana Legend
The Toughest Fighting Men in the Confederate Army
The Battle of Calcasieu Pass
A history of the May 6, 1864 battle in Southwest Louisiana between two Union gunboats and a diverse group of Confedrates. Click photo for more information.
Battle of Irish Bend
(Harper's Weekly, May 16, 1863)
National Park Service Summary
While the other two Union XIX Army Corps divisions comprising the expedition into West Louisiana moved across Berwick Bay towards Fort Bisland, Brig. Gen. Cuvier Grover’s division went up the Atchafalaya River into Grand Lake, intending to intercept a Confederate retreat from Fort Bisland or turn the enemy’s position. On the morning of April 13, the division landed in the vicinity of Franklin and scattered Rebel troops attempting to stop them from disembarking. That night, Grover ordered the division to cross Bayou Teche and prepare for an attack towards Franklin at dawn. In the meantime, Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Taylor had sent some men to meet Grover’s threat. On the morning of the 14th, Taylor and his men were at Nerson's Woods, around a mile and a half above Franklin. As Grover’s lead brigade marched out a few miles, it encountered Rebels on its right and began skirmishing with them. The fighting became intense; the Rebels attacked, forcing the Yankees to fall back. The gunboat Diana arrived and anchored the Confederate right flank. The Confederates were outnumbered, however, and, as Grover began making dispositions for an attack, they retreated leaving the field to the Union. This victory, along with the one at Fort Bisland, two days earlier, assured the success of the expedition into West Louisiana.