Monthly Archives: September 2010

The 13th at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry

The 13th regiment spent an uncomfortable Sunday, Oct. 20, entrenched at Goose Creek on the Leesburg turnpike near Edwards Ferry. They were wet from drizzling rain, cold without the blankets they had left with their baggage at Fort Evans and … Continue reading

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March(es) to battle

Historians have characterized the Battle of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff in different ways since it was fought on Oct. 21-22, 1861. But all agree that it was a disaster for the Union—a particularly embarrassing one coming three months after their losses at … Continue reading

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Fort Evans

The dark shape under the trees is what’s left of the north wall of Fort Evans, an earthwork fortified with a few cannon in open-top embrasures. You’re looking south from Edwards Ferry Road on the east side of Leesburg. The … Continue reading

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Decimated by disease

From early June, 1861, when the 13th Regiment left Mississippi for their camp of instruction at Union City in northwestern Tennessee, through their journey to Virginia and their July 21 blooding at First Manassas, and on, three months later, to … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Private Nimrod Newton Nash of the Minutemen of Attala wrote two brief letters to wife Mollie, back to back, on Sept. 30, and Oct. 1, 1861. Balls Mill Va Sept 30/61 [Her brother] Charles did not get off yesterday but … Continue reading

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Dice and cards

Faro, Monte, Chuck-a-luck, High ‘n Low. Such were the favored gambling games among Civil War soldiers in camp. Chess was also a favorite, as it has been for soldiers through the ages. As the war dragged on and prayer meetings … Continue reading

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Jews in the 13th

Mississippi’s Jewish population began to grow in the late 19th Century, principally in the central part of the state, eventually reaching¬† a community of about 1,500 in the Delta alone. But there had always been some Jews. And, so, Dr. … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Newt Nash wrote Mollie on Sept. 28 from the 13th’s new camp at Balls Mill: Dearest One, In haste I write you a few lines by [her brother] Charles who is going to start for attalla to get our winter … Continue reading

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