Category Archives: Battles: Fredericksburg

Visiting a 13th soldier’s Richmond grave

Texan Weldon Nash, Jr., whose ancestor Nimrod Newton Nash wrote so many of the good letters in this digital regimental until he was killed at Gettysburg, recently visited the Richmond grave of Henry T. Nash, another Minute Men private. Henry, … Continue reading

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The 13th at Old Capitol Prison and Fort Delaware

Of the sixteen soldiers of the 13th Mississippi who were captured on Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg on May 3, 1863, fourteen were sent to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington City, according to Jess N. McLean. He lists them as … Continue reading

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General Barksdale’s report

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., May 15, 1863. MAJOR: When General McLaws moved up the river on the night of April 30, I was temporarily detached from my command, and ordered to report to General Early. My brigade was then at Marye’s Hill, … Continue reading

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Overrun

Sunday, May 3, it dawned clear and warm, and the Second Battle of Fredericksburg began. “The battle commenced at daylight,” Gen. Barksdale later reported. “A furious cannonading was opened from the enemy’s batteries in town, and along both banks of … Continue reading

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Marching and countermarching

“All has been unusually quiet in front of us today,” 17th Mississippi diarist Robert A. Moore recorded on May 1, 1863 on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. That changed the next day, Saturday, Moore wrote, with “some skirmishing and cannonading in … Continue reading

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The eve of great and stirring events

Gen. McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, a quick letter on the evening of April 29, 1863, about the previous night’s Union crossing of the river below and above Fredericksburg which he expected to become a renewed battle. Below the town … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg’s sunken road

A portion of the defense line of Marye’s Heights, where Lee’s army fought the first Battle of Fredericksburg in December, 1862, and where Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade would again in May, 1863.

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Kelly’s Ford

Barksdale’s Brigade was alerted for possible imminent movement on March 17 after “heavy cannonading” was heard in the vicinity of the United States Ford, well northwest of Fredericksburg on the winding Rappahannock. “The enemy are reported to be crossing” there, … Continue reading

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