• Michael Marshall presents an extensive history of the Donaldsonville Artillery detailing the roots of the unit through its many battles fought in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The book contains an extensive roster of every member of this little known Confederate Artillery company.
  • This book contains a history of Confederate Memorial Hall from its opening in 1891 to the present. It contains many early photo's of the building, and pictures of the Museum's vast collection of Civil War artifacts.
  • Much controversy exists concerning Major General Benjamin F. Butler’s administration in New Orleans during the second year of the Civil War. Some historians have extolled the general as a great humanitarian, while others have vilified him as a brazen opportunist, agreeing with the wealthy of occupied New Orleans who labeled him “Beast” Butler. In this thorough examination of Butler’s career in the Crescent City, Chester G. Hearn reveals that both assessments are right.
  • "Long before the Confederacy was crushed militarily, it was defeated economically," writes Charles L. Dufour. He contends that with the fall of the critical city of New Orleans in spring 1862 the South lost the Civil War, although fighting would continue for three more years. On the Mississippi River, below New Orleans, in the predawn of April 24, 1862, David Farragut with fourteen gunboats ran past two forts to capture the South's principal seaport. Vividly descriptive, The Night the War Was Lost is also very human in its portrayal of terrified citizens and leaders occasionally rising to heroism. In a swift-moving narrative, Dufour explains the reasons for the seizure of New Orleans and describes its results.
  • This comprehensive history fills an important gap in the story of the Civil War. This book looks in detail at the military operations that occurred in Louisiana including the fall of Confederate New Orleans and the burning of Alexandria. It begins with the first talk of secession in the state and ends with the last tragic days of the war.
  • On April 24, 1862, Federal Gunboats made their way past two Confederate forts to ascend the Mississippi River, and the Union navy captured New Orleans. In this study, Hearn examines the decisions, actions, individuals, and events to explain why. He directs his inquiry to the heart of government, both Union and Confederate, and takes a hard look at the selection of military and naval leaders, the use of natural and financial resources, and the performances of all personal involved.
  • Born into one of the best families of Baton Rouge, Sarah Morgan was not yet twenty when she began her diary in January 1862, nine months after the start of the Civil War. She was soon to experience a coming-of-age filled with the turmoil and upheaval that devastated the wartime South. She set down the Remarkable events of the war in a record that remains one of the most vivid, evocative portrayals in existence of a time and place that today make up a crucial chapter in our national history. Sarah Morgan herself emerges as one of the most memorable nineteenth-century women in fiction or nonfiction, a young woman of intelligence and fortitude, as well as of high spirits and passion, who questioned the society into which she was born and the meaning of the war for ordinary families like her own and for the divided nation as a whole.
  • Chivalrous, arrogant, and of exotic Creole Louisiana origin, Beauregard participated in every phase of the Civil War from its beginning to its end. He rigidly adhered to the principles of war derived from his studies of Jomini and Napoleon, and yet many of his battle plans were rejected by his superiors, who regarded him as excitable, unreliable, and contentious. After the war, Beauregard was almost the only prominent Confederate general who adapted successfully to the New South, running railroads and later supervising the notorious Louisiana lottery.
  • Early in the Civil War, Louisiana’s Confederate government sanctioned a militia unit of black troops, the Louisiana Native Guards. Intended as a response to demands from members of New Orleans’ substantial free black population that they be permitted to participate in the defense of their state, the unit was used by Confederate authorities for public display and propaganda purposes but was not allowed to fight. After the fall of New Orleans, General Benjamin F. Butler brought the Native Guards into Federal military service and increased their numbers with runaway slaves. He intended to use the troops for guard duty and heavy labor. His successor, Nathaniel P. Banks, did not trust the black Native Guard officers, and as he replaced them with white commanders, the mistreatment and misuse of the black troops steadily increased. The first large-scale deployment of the Native Guards occurred in May, 1863, during the Union siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, when two of their regiments were ordered to storm an impregnable hilltop position. Though the soldiers fought valiantly, the charge was driven back with extensive losses. The white officers and the northern press praised their tenacity and fighting ability, but the Native Guards were still not accepted on the same terms as their white counterparts.
  • “It was the Tigers who blunted the initial Federal assault at First Manassas, played an important role in Jackson’s Valley campaign, held fast at Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle, fought hand to hand at Fort Stedman, and led Lee’s last offensive at Appomattox. This is an excellent work, thoroughly researched, and well written. Lee’s Tigers is the first comprehensive study of all the Louisiana units operating under General Lee.” – Civil War History
  • Based on Owen’s diary from 1861 to 1865 In Camp and Battle with the Washington Artillery of New Orleans delivers a sense of immediacy and intimacy, bringing to life the major figures and battles of the Army of Northern Virginia as well as lesser-known Civil War episodes. In addition, Owen offers a splendid portrait of soldier and civilian life behind the lines.
  • Essential to the serious Confederate scholar, Bergeron examines the 111 artillery, cavalry, and infantry divisions that Louisiana furnished to the Confederate armies. No other reference contains the complete and accurate record of Louisiana’s involvement in the Civil War. A brief account of its combat activities is provided for each unit. Also listed are the outfits’ field officers, the companies in each regiment or battalion, and the names of company commanders.