Monthly Archives: July 2011

Let us be thankful

May 9, 1863, Division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife at home in Georgia. “The battles are now over for the present, and I write you with freer breath. Let us be thankful my dear wife for the mercies … Continue reading

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Back in Fredericksburg

May 5, 1863, a Tuesday, dawned clear and warm. That morning, Union troops the Rebels had driven from Marye’s Heights retreated across the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg and Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade reoccupied the town. “The enemy shelled us as we came … Continue reading

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The 13th at Old Capitol Prison and Fort Delaware

Of the sixteen soldiers of the 13th Mississippi who were captured on Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg on May 3, 1863, fourteen were sent to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington City, according to Jess N. McLean. He lists them as … Continue reading

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General Barksdale’s report

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., May 15, 1863. MAJOR: When General McLaws moved up the river on the night of April 30, I was temporarily detached from my command, and ordered to report to General Early. My brigade was then at Marye’s Hill, … Continue reading

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Overrun

Sunday, May 3, it dawned clear and warm, and the Second Battle of Fredericksburg began. “The battle commenced at daylight,” Gen. Barksdale later reported. “A furious cannonading was opened from the enemy’s batteries in town, and along both banks of … Continue reading

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Marching and countermarching

“All has been unusually quiet in front of us today,” 17th Mississippi diarist Robert A. Moore recorded on May 1, 1863 on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. That changed the next day, Saturday, Moore wrote, with “some skirmishing and cannonading in … Continue reading

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Skirmishing and cannonading

Gen. Barksdale, the brigade commander, later wrote that Gen McLaws moved some of the division north of Fredericksburg to meet the enemy. The Mississippians, however, were detailed to Gen. Early. The Thirteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Regiments were pulled back from … Continue reading

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The eve of great and stirring events

Gen. McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, a quick letter on the evening of April 29, 1863, about the previous night’s Union crossing of the river below and above Fredericksburg which he expected to become a renewed battle. Below the town … Continue reading

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