Monthly Archives: December 2010

Marching and countermarching

The regiment didn’t stay near Richmond long. The men were soon set in motion for other duties, though of just what kind was not explained to them. It turned out to be a lot of hurry up and wait on … Continue reading

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With the sick and dying in Richmond

Throughout the Peninsula Campaign and during their cold, wet and hungry evacuation, the 13th kept contributing its share of the army’s sick and dying to the new Richmond hospitals. Official correspondence on April 26 showed the regiment reduced to 640 … Continue reading

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Evacuating the Peninsula

The Yankees, having (with the help of Professor Thaddeus Lowe’s observation balloons) finally caught on to the Confederate evacuation, pushed ahead in pursuit Sunday, May 4, until some of their advance made contact with the rear of the Rebel retreat … Continue reading

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The 13th’s part in the birth of the battle flag

The Seventh Louisiana Regiment led Colonel Jubal Early’s brigade onto the Manassas battlefield on July 21, 1861, with the 13th Mississippi next in the column and the Seventh Virginia bringing up the rear. And the story goes that Gen. P.G.T. … Continue reading

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Withdrawal to Williamsburg

On May 1, 1862, the 13th was ordered to prepare two days rations and be ready to march at midnight. Gen. Joseph Johnston, who wanted to fight Union Gen. George McClellan’s army closer to Richmond, was going to withdraw slowly … Continue reading

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Alamutcha Infantry

The Lowe brothers, of the Alamutcha Infantry. John C., a 4th Sergeant, left, and William D., a private, on the right. John’s left arm was amputated at Antietam, and he went home to Mississippi on wounded furlough. William died of … Continue reading

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Reorganization

Still confronting the enemy on the Warwick, the army was reorganized on April 26, 1862 with a new election of commissioned and non-commissioned officers. In the 13th, at least, each company also got a new alphabetical designator which determined its … Continue reading

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Picket duty on the peninsula

It was a miserable few weeks the 13th spent on the Warwick, a tidal river. No tents, little food, intermittent rain and camp sites so low in the swampy ground they accumulated rain water everyone had to slosh through—and try … Continue reading

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