Monthly Archives: May 2011

Revivals

If Valentine’s Day was forgotten, religious feeling was not, and a Christian Revival among the Confederate troops that seems to have begun on Feb. 8, 1863, at the William Street Methodist Church, soon spread to other churches across Fredericksburg, including … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

Then and now, Valentine’s Day was celebrated by young Mississippians, particularly the single ones who made up the majority of the 13th Regiment in the spring of 1863. But just as in the spring of 1862, when the regiment was … Continue reading

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Those Union balloons

The brigade’s picket duty in Fredericksburg finally became routine and the soldiers were comfortably situated in some occupied homes and some devastated ones. 17th Mississippi Private Robert A. Moore “impressed” two mattresses for his accommodations. He also recorded the sighting … Continue reading

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Private Jonathon James McDaniel

This post-war picture of the Winston Guards private from Louisville, Mississippi, was recently provided to me by his great, great granddaughter Jo Anzalone. He was in Fredericksburg with the 13th, a young farmer who joined the Guards in May, 1861, … Continue reading

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Furloughs

The senior officers, as usually, took advantage of the winter lull and went home onĀ  furlough. There was controversy over whether the junior officers and privates should enjoy the same privilege. The brigade’s former commander, Gen. D.H. Hill, for instance, … Continue reading

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Cold

The skies were clear in Fredericksburg in the early days of 1863 and the temperature was dropping. The weather would prove variable, from a few mild days followed by others of intense cold. On January 4, Private Wilborn P. Smith … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va Jan 1st 1863 Dear Mollie In the last you wrote that I must remember you on the first day of the year. I write now that you may know that I am thinking of you. We are going … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve

“Wednesday,” Spartan Band diarist, lawyer and quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded. “Morning clear and cool, evening cloudy and sleeting…” 17th Mississippi Private Robert A. Moore was more eloquent: “To-day closes the year 1862 & it had been an eventful … Continue reading

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