Category Archives: Battles: The Seven Days

Moving on

The Union army retreated to Westover, on the James River, which allowed the Confederates to claim victory in the 1862 Seven Days battles, despite their July 1 defeat at Malvern Hill. Both sides spent the next few weeks recovering. Gen. … Continue reading

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Among the dead

More than forty years after the war, Robert Stiles, the Richmond Howitzers’ memoirist, recalled that the bloody defeat at Malvern Hill in 1862 depressed much of the gray army. “The demoralization was great and the evidences of it palpable everywhere. … Continue reading

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A night on the battlefield

It’s worth remembering that, at this time, the 13th’s infantrymen were not hardened veterans. Malvern Hill was their first truly-difficult battle with high casualties. Minutemen of Attala Private Peter F. Ellis, an 18-year-old clerk from Madison County when he enlisted … Continue reading

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Battles: Malvern Hill

The Union had massed artillery almost wheel hub to wheel hub on the crest of a plateau 150-feet above the James River to cover its retreat to the river from Gen. Lee’s pursuing Rebels. The position had clear fields of … Continue reading

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Death by accident

The 13th Mississippi Regiment apparently suffered only three wounded in the Battle of Savage’s Station. But one of them, whose wounds would prove mortal, was purely by accident. It happened the night after the battle as the troops slept among … Continue reading

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Battles: Savage Station

The Union army was withdrawing across the Chickahominy River south to the James River, when Griffith’s Mississippi Brigade (including the 13th), part of Magruder’s Division, was ordered to attack the Union rear guard. It was Sunday, June 29, 1862. A … Continue reading

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Battles: Garnett’s Farm

For the larger part of the Army of Northern Virginia, this was the Battle of Gaines Mill, north of the Chickahominy River, a costly but clear victory. The 13th Regiment was south of the river with Magruder’s division (as at … Continue reading

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Preparing for battle

“Thursday. Clear and warm. All our baggage was sent to Manassas this morning and every preparation made for battle,” Quartermaster clerk William H. Hill of the Spartan Band recorded on June 26, 1862. After several days of picket duty and … Continue reading

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