Category Archives: Battles: Leesburg

Merry Christmas from the 13th Mississippi

The regiment spent its first Christmas Day, 1861, in camp near Leesburg. Private Mike Hubbert of the Minutemen of Attala wrote in his diary: “Camp is in quite a stir this morning. The boys all feel gay from the effect … Continue reading

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A piece of the 13th’s puzzle saved

“Today, on the 152nd anniversary of the battle, the Civil War Trust is proud to announce that we have successfully saved the site of the Jackson House at Ball’s Bluff. Thanks to the generosity of our members we have raised … Continue reading

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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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Shoveling up Fort Beauregard

The battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry had been over for almost four months when the whole 13th regiment was assigned to help construct a new protective earthwork near Leesburg. On Feb. 15th, Hill recorded in his diary: “Snowing … Continue reading

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The Dranesville fight

The Dranesville fight which Newt Nash mentioned in his Jan. 1st letter to wife Mollie was the Dec. 20 battle between Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry, riding a reconnaissance north from Centerville, and Union troops under Gen. Edward Ord. Nash relied … Continue reading

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Spies in the sky

Thaddeus Lowe, chief aeronaut of the fledgling Union Army Balloon Corps, had been making preliminary flights throughout the fall of 1861 to observe Confederate troop positions. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from a base he’d established on the Maryland shore near … Continue reading

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The new battle flag

Richmond still was celebrating the victory at Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff when, on Dec. 9, Gen. Evans took leave of the Seventh Brigade. He presented each regiment with the new Confederate battle flag sewn by some Richmond ladies. Virginia Miller, a resident … Continue reading

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Brigadier Gen. D.H. Hill

Daniel Harvey Hill, like Evans a South Carolinian, was the hero of Big Bethel, an early skirmish of the war near Fortress Monroe on the Virginia peninsula. Also like Evans, Hill was a West Point graduate. But the brother-in-law of … Continue reading

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