Monthly Archives: April 2012

The 13th’s POWs

Camp Chase Prison, then on the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, was not the worst Union prisoner of war camp. Some say that distinction goes to Point Lookout, in Maryland. But overcrowding and little food encouraged diseases such as smallpox … Continue reading

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Building huts on Christmas Day

On Dec. 21, 1863, a clear and icy cold Monday, Humphreys Mississippi Brigade and the 13th Regiment “left camp at Clinch Gap at 10 a.m. and marched 9 miles to Longs Ferry on the Holston River and camped,” Spartan Band diarist William … Continue reading

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Longstreet relieves McLaws, who is challenged to a duel

The 13th Regiment lost its longtime division commander on Dec. 18, 1863. “Friday. Cloudy and very windy and cold,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded. “General Longstreet today relieved General McLaws from command of this division. “The reasons that … Continue reading

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The Fights at Bean Station and environs

On Sunday, Dec. 13, 1863, Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote that Humphreys Brigade was put to work against General Burnside’s pursuing Yankees. It was raining steadily again and rations were short. “The roads are very muddy and the … Continue reading

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The Bloody Thirteenth

A descendant of Private Thurman Early Hendricks, of the Minutemen of Attala, sent me a copy of his undated post-war memoir which is available at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. In it, Hendricks said the men of the regiment … Continue reading

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