Category Archives: Battles: First Manassas

The 13th’s part in the birth of the battle flag

The Seventh Louisiana Regiment led Colonel Jubal Early’s brigade onto the Manassas battlefield on July 21, 1861, with the 13th Mississippi next in the column and the Seventh Virginia bringing up the rear. And the story goes that Gen. P.G.T. … Continue reading

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Gen. Nathan George “Shanks” Evans

I recently finished Jason Silverman’s new Shanks: The Life and Wars of General Nathan G. Evans, C.S.A., apparently the first biography to use the South Carolinian’s personal, official and family correspondence. He was a West Pointer and an Indian fighter … Continue reading

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The 13th after First Manassas

Private Henley of Co. K (H), The Spartan Band, was chosen for picket that night [July 21] on the battlefield “though by good fortune I was not required to stand.” They were camped in the open several miles from where … Continue reading

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The 13th at First Manassas

Arriving on the Confederate left, after 3 p.m. Gen. Early directed his brigade into line: the 7th Virginia on the right, the 13th Mississippi in the middle, and the 7th Louisiana on the left. To their left was Col. J.E.B. … Continue reading

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March to battle

Sunday, July 21, 1861. The men rose at dawn from their blankets on the ground at Manassas Junction to the sound of cannon and rifles in the distance. They grabbed what breakfast they could find, or went without. Thomas David … Continue reading

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