Sam, this is not the only post regarding the Columbia Tigers. This is just one minor post in a series I have put up regarding them. Go up to the top of this page, and click the "return to index" button. Once you get there, once again go to the top of that page and click the "search" button. Once there, input the word Tigers, after making sure you designate a one year time frame in that search engine. Upon doing that and completing the search, you'll see a number of more very comprehensive posts outlining the history of the Columbia Tigers. Once you go through those posts you will see that I have already done all of the research for your paper, and most of the presentation. Figure out a proper way to make it your own, and then send me a note of thanks when you get your A.
O.R. is shorthand for the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. The O.R. was compiled toward the end of the nineteenth century, and consists of over a hundred individual volumes. No serious work on the Civil War is complete without having consulted it. Most major university and city libraries will have the O.R. in their collections. Ellis Library certainly does. The O.R. has also been digitized, and can be accessed online.
Let us know when you get your paper together on the Tigers.