Corporal, Louisiana Tigers, Bull Run, 1861
Model kit. Requires assembly and painting.
54mm sclae resin kit. sculpted by Raúl García Latorre. Boxart by Marc Masclans. Kit includes: 8 pieces
The Louisiana Tigers originally designed a single volunteer company raised in the New Orleans area by Major Chatham Roberdeau Wheat. The nickname quickly spread and eventually ended up being used to designate all the Louisiana troops in the Army of Northern Virginia.
The origin of the Louisiana Tigers came from the nickname of the original company, the “Tiger Rifles”. It was mainly composed of Irish and adopted uniforms similar to the ones of the French Zouaves.
The unit entered in combat for the first time at the Battle of Manassa, where the fought bravely, resisting for hours on the support of the left flank of the Confederate Army until reinforcements could arrive. They also saw combat in other important battles like Gaines’ Mill, Fredericksburg or Gettysburg, always distinguishing themselves with great valor.
As a curiosity, in 1866, after the war, one company of the Louisiana Tigers joined the Fenian army that tried to invade Upper Canada, in order to try to establish an Irish free nation.
This classic from miniatures’ history was released in the late 90’s by Elite Miniaturas and the original boxart was painted by Raúl García Latorre himself.
Text courtesy of FeR Miniatures