Monthly Archives: October 2010

First Christmas in Virginia

The 13th regiment’s run-up to the 1861 holiday was dreary, enlivened only by night work on the dirt forts near Leesburg (night work because day work attracted snipers from across the Potomac), cold weather with occasional sleet, and false alarms … Continue reading

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Brigadier Gen. Richard Griffith

Griffith was then-Colonel Jefferson Davis’s first lieutenant and adjutant in the Mexican War, where Davis mentioned him for gallantry in several reports. The 47-year-old Jackson banker was a Pennsylvania native, an honor graduate of Ohio University, and a teacher when … Continue reading

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Slave-owning officers of the 13th

I finally found the time to run the names of some of the 13th’s commissioned and non-commissioned officers through the federal 1860 Slave Schedules Census search engine at Ancestry.com I have, so far, found the following slave ownership (or lack … Continue reading

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Spies in the sky

Thaddeus Lowe, chief aeronaut of the fledgling Union Army Balloon Corps, had been making preliminary flights throughout the fall of 1861 to observe Confederate troop positions. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from a base he’d established on the Maryland shore near … Continue reading

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The new battle flag

Richmond still was celebrating the victory at Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff when, on Dec. 9, Gen. Evans took leave of the Seventh Brigade. He presented each regiment with the new Confederate battle flag sewn by some Richmond ladies. Virginia Miller, a resident … Continue reading

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Brigadier Gen. D.H. Hill

Daniel Harvey Hill, like Evans a South Carolinian, was the hero of Big Bethel, an early skirmish of the war near Fortress Monroe on the Virginia peninsula. Also like Evans, Hill was a West Point graduate. But the brother-in-law of … Continue reading

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Move to Hogback Mountain

Just as he had feared, Newt Nash had to pull down his excellent rock stove the day after he wrote to Mollie about it.  That Monday, Dec. 2, the regiment broke camp and left Carter’s Mill on the Oatlands Plantation. … Continue reading

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Correspondence

The 13th was still camped at Carter’s Mill, when Minutemen Pvt. Nimrod Newton Nash wrote this letter to his wife Mollie: In Camp Sunday Morning Dec. 1st 1861 Dearest Mollie, After washing, putting on clean clothes and reading some in … Continue reading

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