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

Bristoe Station

The “Tigers” of Louisiana

 
 
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1. The “Tigers” of Louisiana Marker
Inscription. 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 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, mile behind you. The Louisianans left 83 dead and wounded here as they pulled back.

(Sidebar): The 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
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2. The “Tigers” of Louisiana Marker
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.
 
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 Ave.. Touch for map. Marker is located on the 1861-1862 Trail at Bristoe Station Battlefield Heritage Park. Marker is in this post office area: Bristow VA 20136, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Bristoe Station (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.2 miles
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3. Close-up of Map on Marker
away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Bristoe Station (approx. 0.3 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.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 12, 2012. This page has been viewed 367 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 12, 2012. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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