Author Archives: Dick Stanley

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman

Mollie L. Campbell Nash

Minutemen of Attala Private Nimrod Newton Nash’s wife Mollie L. Campbell whom he married in 1855. She was the principal recipient of most of his good letters which lend so much verisimilitude to The Bloody Thirteenth and an understanding of the … Continue reading

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Reprise: Captured At Saylor’s Creek

One hundred and fifty years ago this morning, on a cloudy Thursday, the Army of Northern Virginia fought its last battle. It was little more than a skirmish, actually, though it extinguished Humphreys’ Mississippi Brigade and most of the 13th Regiment. Then, … Continue reading

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Nimrod Newton Nash

Newt Nash was a rifleman in the 13th Mississippi whose letters home to his wife Mollie go a long way to illuminating the Civil War from the Confederate viewpoint. Copies of the letters, transcribed by Newt’s descendants, were given to … Continue reading

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“The ration is complained of as being scant”

Feb. 27, 1865, is the last extant inspector’s report for the 13th Regiment and its brigade by the Army of Northern Virginia. “The command is very well supplied with clothing. The arms and accoutrements are kept in excellent order. The ration … Continue reading

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A Delta Diary

This short, independently-published 2008 book has nothing of the 13th Regiment in it but is nevertheless a fine explication of what was going on at home in Mississippi during the war. Diarist Amanda Worthington was much younger than the high … Continue reading

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Girls & Guns

Only months before the surrender at Appomattox, it’s doubtful anything like the following was still occurring. Indeed, there is no record of it. But it’s worth remembering the zeal of some young Southern patriots at its peak in the war’s early days. Then even … Continue reading

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A letter home, Jan. 25, 1865

In early 1865, the last winter of the war, the remnant of the 13th regiment was in trenches, defending Richmond, between the New Market and Darbytown roads east of the capital city. These were days of little military activity but much privation … Continue reading

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Hollywood will try again soon

I can’t think of many Hollywood movies of the Civil War which have been either accurate or particularly meaningful. What historian Gary Gallagher called “the feminist anti-war movie” Cold Mountain may have been the worst of recent vintage. Or maybe … Continue reading

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