Monthly Archives: December 2011

WordPress summary 2011

“The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see … Continue reading

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Marching orders

Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill celebrated his thirtieth birthday on Monday, Sept. 7, 1863. It was a clear and warm day and he spent it pleasantly enough. That evening, however, the 13th Regiment received orders to “cook 3 days … Continue reading

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Furloughs commence

General Lee had authorized one man in every fifty to have a thirty-day furlough and they “started home today,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Sept. 2, 1863. It was a clear and warm Wednesday and Hill concluded … Continue reading

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A little tramp

After a dull few days in camp near Waller’s Tavern along the North Anna River, including  a brigade inspection and brigade drill on Friday, Aug. 28, the calm was broken the next day. “We received orders just before noon,” 17th … Continue reading

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More desertions

17th Mississippi diarist Robert A. Moore was now a lieutenant and so he was assigned officer of the day on Aug. 25, 1863, which entailed mounting the brigade’s prison guard. The next day, Wednesday, was clear and pleasant, perfect for … Continue reading

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First order from Gen. Humphreys

Monday, Aug. 24, 1863, was again clear and warm, according to Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill, who added that there were “no indications of moves by either of the opposing armies.” Instead, there was a first order message from … Continue reading

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