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Bristow in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The "Tigers" of Louisiana

Bristoe Station

The “Tigers” of Louisiana Marker image. Click for full size.
September 9, 2012
1. The “Tigers” of Louisiana Marker
In this creek bed, three Louisiana regiments made a stand. These men, many recruited from the wharves of New Orleans, had already established a reputation as hard fighters and were labeled “Tigers” by their comrades. Their brigade commander here at Bristoe was Col. Henry Forno. After first skirmishing with the Federals along Kettle Run, 1 ½ miles to the southwest along the railroad, Forno withdrew the 6th and 8th Louisiana regiments to this area and sent the rest of his brigade to the high ground near Brentsville Road, behind you ¼ mile.

As the first Federal regiment arrived, the Louisianans laid down a devastating fire. As the afternoon continued, they kept a heavy fire as more and more Federal regiments arrived in the field in front of you. Forno ordered up the 5th Louisiana Infantry to this area to bolster the line. By 4:30 p.m., with ammunition running low and facing overwhelming odds in an ever-increasing Federal force in their front and flanks, Forno pulled his men back toward Bristoe Station, ¼ mile behind you. The Louisianans left 83 dead and wounded here as they pulled back.

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enemy coming down the railroad attacked the Louisiana Brigade. Col. [Forno], was in command, had his men lying down in the pines – & as the Federals advanced, he kept perfectly quiet till they were within 50 or 60 yards – then fired and charged. Many were killed and wounded; the rest ran like turkeys…
Maj. Campbell Brown, CSA staff officer

Erected 2012 by Prince William County Department of Public Works, Historic Preservation Division.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 43.335′ N, 77° 32.573′ W. Marker is in Bristow, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Iron Brigade Unit Avenue. Marker is located on the 1861-1862 Trail at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bristow VA 20136, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “We Shall Bag the Whole Crowd” (within shouting distance of this marker); Fight for a Pine Thicket (within shouting distance of this marker); Deadly Day for Excelsior Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Preparing for Battle (about 500 feet away); Battle Along the Railroad (about 700 feet
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September 9, 2012
2. The “Tigers” of Louisiana Marker
away); Davis Family Farmstead (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederates in Bristoe (approx. 0.2 miles away); "I Expect We Had Better Charge" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bristow.
More about this marker. The marker displays (Above) Flag of the 6th Louisiana Infantry Courtesy of the Museum of the Confederacy and (Below) Alcibiades DeBlanc and Robert Perry, 6th Louisiana Infantry Courtesy of Confederate Memorial Hall, New Orleans LA.

The marker also displays a map of the battlefield indicating troop positions and movements.
Close-up of Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
September 2, 2012
3. Close-up of Map on Marker
Close-up of Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
September 9, 2012
4. Close-up of Photo on Marker
Creek Bed image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bradley Owen, October 18, 2016
5. Creek Bed
According to the map on the marker, this creek bed would have been the position taken by the 6th Louisiana.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2012. This page has been viewed 706 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on January 26, 2021. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2012.   5. submitted on January 25, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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