Category Archives: Gen. Benjamin G. Humphreys

The Guns of 1864

It’s worth remembering, in this sesquicentennial year of the war, that in 1864, as the May issue of the American Rifleman magazine puts it “more and more repeating rifles—[seven-shot] Spencers and ‘sixteen shooter’ Henrys—made their way into Union units. “The South was … Continue reading

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The Journey: Return to Virginia

Longstreet’s reduced corps (including Humphreys’ Mississippi Brigade) left its winter quarters in the vicinity of Russellville, Tennessee, “in the last of March [1864],” according to independent historian H. Grady Howell Jr. They moved northeast to Bristol, on the Tennessee-Virginia state … Continue reading

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General McLaws’ court martial

Although convened in February, 1864, McLaws’ court martial for dereliction of duty in the assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, was on-again, off-again, for the next several weeks. Finally, on March 11, the trial commenced at a private home in … Continue reading

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Just 208 men left in the 13th Regiment

Captain Hugh D. Cameron, originally of the Alamutcha Infantry, was temporarily commanding the regiment on March 8, 1864. Cameron was a 17-year-old unmarried student when he enlisted in March, 1861. Cameron was substituting for Major George LaValle Donald, who had … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fort Sanders

By Nov. 28, 1863, the siege of Knoxville was entering its second week. Longstreet, who had been dithering on the question of where best to attack the Union defenses, had finally settled on one—the red-dirt Fort Sanders (above, looking west) … Continue reading

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Furloughs commence

General Lee had authorized one man in every fifty to have a thirty-day furlough and they “started home today,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Sept. 2, 1863. It was a clear and warm Wednesday and Hill concluded … Continue reading

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Humphreys takes command

On August 18, 1863, it was announced at brigade drill that Colonel Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, commander of the 21st Regiment, had been promoted to brigadier general and taken command of the brigade. Humphreys, 55, a Mississippi Delta planter and slave … Continue reading

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