Category Archives: Fredericksburg

Barksdale’s Brigade at Fredericksburg

Union Captain Andrew Joseph Russell took this photograph of a portion of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade in Fredericksburg on April 8, 1863. They were posing for Russell— said to be the first official U.S. Army photographer—at the town end of a … Continue reading

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The Journey: March to Culpeper Court House

June 2, 1863. “Tuesday. Clear and warm. Our Brigade moved out of Fredericksburg tonight at 10 p.m.,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote. “They went into camp near the Cot house on Telegraph [road] about 4 miles from town.” … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va May 31st 1863 Dearest One, This sabbath I proceed to answer your verry loveing letter dated 13th inst. which came to my hands on wednesday last. The greatest privilege enjoyed by me is reading one of your verry … Continue reading

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Gen. Barksdale’s new horse

Fredericksburg, Saturday, May 16, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded: “A horse, belonging to the Yankee army, swam the river this morning to our lines.” Independent historian Jess N. McLean noted that Gen. Barksdale took the horse for … Continue reading

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A deserter

Fredericksburg, Wednesday, May 13, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote: Pettus Guards Private David W. Martin “deserted to the enemy last night by wading the [Rappahannock] river. He is a notorious coward and a scoundrel and was under … Continue reading

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The death of Stonewall

Monday, May 11, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote: “Lt. General T.J. Jackson died near Guinea [Guiney's] Station at 2 o’clock last evening from wounds received in the battle of the 3rd inst near Chancellorsville. His body will … Continue reading

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Back in Fredericksburg

May 5, 1863, a Tuesday, dawned clear and warm. That morning, Union troops the Rebels had driven from Marye’s Heights retreated across the Rappahannock at Fredericksburg and Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade reoccupied the town. “The enemy shelled us as we came … 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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