not find it hard to cry with General Beauregard
: ‘Three cheers for Louisiana
Our battleflag springs from the field of the First Manassas
The striking resemblance between the rival flags in that battle rendered it often difficult to tell friend from foe. To obviate similar confusion on future fields, General Beauregard
, thus early in the war, proposed the adoption of a ‘battle’ as well as a ‘peace or parade’ flag.
The design he presented to the committee in charge was accepted.
It presents the blue cross with its complement of stars resting on a red ground.
This, in our day, is well known as the battleflag button of the United Confederate Veterans
On July 25th, the Ninth regiment, Col. Richard Taylor
, having arrived, the Louisiana
commands were organized in the Eighth brigade, soon to be commanded by Brigadier-General Taylor
Following the victory at Manassas
, occurred some minor affairs at the front.
At Lewinsville, September 12th, J. E. B. Stuart
, with some Virginia
companies, and two guns of the Washington artillery commanded by Capt. T. L. Rosser
and Lieut. C. H. Slocomb
, put a sudden stop to a Federal reconnoissance.
had an encounter with Charles Griffin
's six guns.
Of the two artillerists, both to be generals, Rosser
seems to have had the advantage in aim. Longstreet
reported that it was difficult to say whether the work of the infantry or the destructive fire of the Washington artillery was the most brilliant part of the affair.
From this time there was comparative quiet in eastern Virginia
until the spring of 1862.
McClellan's landing on the Virginia peninsula
, early in 1862, concentrated 110,000 men in and near Fortress Monroe
True to his system, he began without