Unit History – 1st Special Battalion Louisiana Infantry

24 05 2022

[Also called 2nd Infantry Battalion or Wheat’s Tigers] was formed at Camp Walker, near New Orleans, Louisiana, in May, 1861, with five companies. Most of the men were military adventurers who were experienced fighters. It moved to Virginia and saw action at First Manassas, then was assigned to R. Taylor’s Brigade and fought in Jackson’s Valley Campaign and later the Seven Days’ Battles. During the summer of 1862 the battalion disbanded. Its commanders were Majors Robert A. Harris and Chatham R. Wheat.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, p. 140

Unit History – 7th Virginia Infantry

24 05 2022

Was organized in May, 1861, at Manassas Junction, Virginia, with men from Giles, Madison, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Green, and Albemarle counties. It fought at First Manassas under General Early, then served with Ewell, A. P. Hill, Kemper, and W. R. Terry. In Apri, 1862, the regiment had 700 effectives and later was active in the various campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Gettysburg. It participated in Longstreet’s Suffolk expedition, was prominent in the capture of Plymouth, then fought at Drewry’s Bluff and Cold Harbor. The 7th continued the fight in the Petersburg trenches south of the James River and around Appomattox. It sustained 47 casualties at First Manassas, 77 at Williamsburg, 111 at Frayser’s Farm, 59 at Second Manassas, and 4 at Fredericksburg. Of the 335 engaged at Gettysburg about forty percent were disabled. It lost 39 men at Drewry’s Bluff, and many were captured at Five Forks and Sayler’s Creek. Only 20 officers and men were present at the surrender. Its commanders were Colonels Charles C. Flowerree, James L. Kemper, and Walter T. Patton; Lieutenant Colonel L. B. Williams; and Major Aylett A. Swindler.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, pp. 358-359