Category Archives: Albert Wymer Henley Diary

A slave takes his master home

The bodies of two men of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, left in the town when the brigade withdrew on the evening of Dec. 11, were discovered after Christmas in the rubble of some shelled and destroyed Fredericksburg homes. One was … Continue reading

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The Union crosses into a fight

The 13th and 18th Mississippi regiments were awakened well before sunrise on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1862. They formed in the dark on Marye’s Heights. Then they were rushed down to the city where Union engineers were attempting to throw three … Continue reading

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Lull before the storm

On Dec. 9, 1862, a Tuesday, the 13th remained in camp on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg with the 18th Regiment. The 21st and the 17th regiments went back down to the city on picket duty. The 17th Regiment’s Private Robert … Continue reading

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Women & children flying from bombardment

“Scarcely had we reached our camping ground,” Spartan Band Private Albert Wymer Henley wrote of the 13th’s arrival near Fredericksburg on Nov. 20, 1862, “when our Regiment and the 17th were detailed to go to town to move some commissaries.” … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Fredericksburg

Monday, Nov. 17, 1862, Gen. McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, as he went to bed that evening. He had to be up early for the division’s departure from Culpeper Court House. “I am under orders to march with my division … Continue reading

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“…there is daily skirmishing…”

Thursday, Nov. 6, 1862. “Clear and cold,” William H. Hill of the Spartan Band, wrote in his diary. “The baggage that we sent back to Gordonsville arrived back here this morning.” The baggage also included goods the 13th had left … Continue reading

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The Journey: On the march

It was clear and cold, with another frost, at sunrise on Friday, Oct. 31, 1862, when the division packed up, broke camp and set off southward. They marched 19 miles, seldom being interrupted by the division wagon trains, and camped … Continue reading

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Privations

The hastening winter and continuing frosts weren’t so easy on some of the 13th and, indeed, the rest of Barksdale’s brigade. Scanty rations, little warm clothing and “wood rather scarce” made camp life uncomfortable, Spartan Band Private Albert Wymer Henley … Continue reading

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