Monthly Archives: February 2011

Welcome back to Leesburg

The regiment left their Sudley Springs camp at sunrise on Sept. 3 and marched northwest all day, 22 miles, arriving at Leesburg at 5 p.m. “Many of the citizens met us several miles from town,” quartermaster clerk William H. Hill … Continue reading

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Dead Yankees yet unburied

Sept. 1, 1862, quartermaster clerk William H. Hill of the Spartan Band wrote in his diary apparently while riding in a wagon or on a horse after leaving the camp at Warrenton Springs. “Monday. ON THE MARCH. Clear and Pleasant. … Continue reading

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The destruction at Warrenton Springs

After another march of 16 miles, this time in the rain—making their eleven day marching total more than 100 miles—the 13th camped near the Warrenton Springs resort, (probably the Fauquier White Sulphur Springs, above) southwest of Warrenton. They surveyed the … Continue reading

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The Journey: Joining the rest of the army

After two weeks of marching and picket duty around Malvern Hill, the 13th left Camp Holly on Aug. 20, 1862, a Wednesday, and marched through Richmond. They turned northeast and camped two miles from the city on the Mechanicsville Pike. … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Camp Holly Va Aug 19 Dear Wife We have just returned from a big Yanky hunt. Have been gone three days and suffered dreadfully with dust, but had otherwise a fine time. Our company, Charles in command, with a Regt … Continue reading

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Recon to the river

On Sunday, Aug. 17, 1862, the brigade left Camp Holly at 10 a.m. and marched south 15 miles to the James River “to ascertain what the enemy was doing,” Minutemen of Attala Private Mike Hubbert wrote in his diary. “The … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Camp Holly Va Aug 16th, 62 Dear Wife, As this is wash day and a leisure time with me I concluded to commence an answer to your last which was received on Monday, the day after I wrote you. I … Continue reading

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Barksdale promoted

Aug. 12, 1862, while the Mississippi Brigade was on picket duty between Malvern Hill and Richmond, the 13th’s former colonel, William Barksdale was promoted to brigadier general. Barksdale, the former fire-eating (i.e. pro-secession) congressman from Lowndes County, MS, who owned … Continue reading

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