Monthly Archives: November 2010

Correspondence

Culpepper Court House Va March 14th 1862 Dear One, I am nearly one hundred miles from where I was when I wrote you last, after seven days march over a turn pike road. We evacuated Leesburg on the [7th] and … Continue reading

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The Journey: the retreat continues

The 13th marched on through Middleburg to pick up its tents and baggage and, after an additional 16 miles, camped Saturday night at White Plains on the Manassas Gap Railroad. They resumed marching south the next morning, March 9th, this … Continue reading

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The Journey: Scorched earth

On March 6, 1862, a Thursday, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Rebel armies in Virginia, ordered their withdrawal from Northern Virginia. Johnston, anticipating a Union move on Richmond, was indulging his preference for defensive operations by bringing his … Continue reading

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Correspondence

March 5th/62 In Camps Near Leesburg Va. Dearest One One more time Thank Heaven I am permitted to communicate my thoughts to you, and possibly the last. There is no reason on my part to complain as my health was … Continue reading

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The withdrawal begins

On Feb. 24, the long-anticipated Yankee movement to contact with the Rebs around Leesburg began. The Twenty-Eighth Pennsylvania Infantry began crossing the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers at Harpers Ferry into upper Loudoun County. Two days later Hill recorded the 13th’s … Continue reading

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Shoveling up Fort Beauregard

The battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry had been over for almost four months when the whole 13th regiment was assigned to help construct a new protective earthwork near Leesburg. On Feb. 15th, Hill recorded in his diary: “Snowing … Continue reading

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Correspondence

According to Jess McLean’s book, Minutemen Private Nimrod Newton Nash wrote the following letters to his sister Camilla on Sunday, Feb. 8th, 1862: Camp Forrest Near Leesburg, Va. Mrs. Camilla Davis Dear Sister: I received your very kind letter by … Continue reading

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Servant/slave cooking

On Jan. 24th, 1862, quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded in his diary that his mess was once again without a servant/slave to cook, serve and cleanup for them. Regimental surgeon Dr. Albert Gallatin Anderson’s servant/slave John “quit cooking for … Continue reading

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