Monthly Archives: April 2011

Aerial Reconnaissance

Professor Thaddeus Lowe, balloonist-leader of the Union’s Aeronautics Corps, ascended from Stafford Heights to provide intelligence on the battle. “…General Burnside…desired the balloon should not be shown to the enemy till he was ready to cross the river. On the … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fredericksburg

Saturday, Dec. 13, 1862, dawned warm and very foggy on the slopes of Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. The 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi brigade had slept in line of battle, in the center of the Confederate line. … Continue reading

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In line of battle

The Mississippi Brigade’s Dec. 11, 1862, stand in the town against the advancing Union army was only a sideshow to the approaching big show. The 13th Regiment withdrew with the rest of the brigade that night to the Telegraph Road … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s stand: Glorious or insubordinate?

The U.S. Army’s Center of Military History, has no doubt what happened on Dec. 11, 1862, or of what it meant: “At Fredericksburg, Brig. Gen. William Barksdale’s Mississippians, firing from houses along the river, repeatedly stopped the bridge building. Artillery … Continue reading

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Colonel Carter’s report

On Dec. 28, 1862, Col. John W. Carter, commanding the 13th Regiment at Fredericksburg, wrote the following report to Gen. Barksdale of the regiment’s fight on Dec. 11: GENERAL: In accordance with your order, I marched my regiment, at about … Continue reading

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The Union crosses into a fight

The 13th and 18th Mississippi regiments were awakened well before sunrise on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1862. They formed in the dark on Marye’s Heights. Then they were rushed down to the city where Union engineers were attempting to throw three … Continue reading

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Lull before the storm

On Dec. 9, 1862, a Tuesday, the 13th remained in camp on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg with the 18th Regiment. The 21st and the 17th regiments went back down to the city on picket duty. The 17th Regiment’s Private Robert … Continue reading

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On picket in the town

On Nov. 25, 1862, a Tuesday, Barksdale’s brigade made the first of several abortive trips from their camp on the Heights into Fredericksburg for picket duty. It was raining. “Can see the enemy pickets just across the river,” the 17th … Continue reading

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