Monthly Archives: November 2011

On the march

Aug. 22, 1863, a Saturday, dawned clear and warm and the regiment broke camp at 7 a.m. “The whole division marched in a southeaster direction,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded. “The day was very warm and a large … Continue reading

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Fasting, humiliation and prayer

All unusual military duty was suspended on Friday, Aug. 21, 1863, as the army observed a proclamation by President Jefferson Davis and an order by Gen. Lee. The weather was clear and warm. “Today has generally been observed throughout the … Continue reading

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Furloughing resumes

“Some excitement among the souldiers,” Second Lieutenant Robert A. Moore of the 17th Regiment wrote in his diary on Thursday, Aug. 20, “caused by the resumption of a system of furloughing in the army & the drawing therefore. “[Two] are … Continue reading

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Humphreys takes command

On August 18, 1863, it was announced at brigade drill that Colonel Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, commander of the 21st Regiment, had been promoted to brigadier general and taken command of the brigade. Humphreys, 55, a Mississippi Delta planter and slave … Continue reading

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Payday and a prisoner’s deception

Pay had been sporadic for some time when, on Thursday, August 13, 1863, the 13th Regiment, along with the rest of the brigade, finally received its wages. “We were paid off yesterday to include the 30th of June,” Lieutenant Robert … Continue reading

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