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


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