Category Archives: Gen. Nathan G. Evans

Virginians compare themselves with the 13th Mississippi

Or so Clinton Hatcher of the 8th Virginia Infantry¬†told lady friend Mary Sibert in an August, 1861, letter. He was speaking of their brigade drills under Colonel Nathan “Shanks” Evans at Leesburg. “The men have just been drawing comparisons between … 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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Move to Hogback Mountain

Just as he had feared, Newt Nash had to pull down his excellent rock stove the day after he wrote to Mollie about it.¬† That Monday, Dec. 2, the regiment broke camp and left Carter’s Mill on the Oatlands Plantation. … Continue reading

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Sketch of Fort Evans

Independent historian Craig Swain’s sketch of Fort Evans, which he paced off at the real earthwork with the owner’s permission. Note the curious, multiple configurations of the bastions at the corners of what was a huge fortress—three of the sides … Continue reading

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Aftermath of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff

The Seventh Brigade was reinforced on Oct. 23, the day the Yankees withdrew their thousands of soldiers from the Virginia shore at Edwards Ferry. The Second Virginia, Fifth South Carolina and Eighth Louisiana regiments came up from Manassas, as well … Continue reading

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The 13th at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry

The 13th regiment spent an uncomfortable Sunday, Oct. 20, entrenched at Goose Creek on the Leesburg turnpike near Edwards Ferry. They were wet from drizzling rain, cold without the blankets they had left with their baggage at Fort Evans and … Continue reading

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March(es) to battle

Historians have characterized the Battle of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff in different ways since it was fought on Oct. 21-22, 1861. But all agree that it was a disaster for the Union—a particularly embarrassing one coming three months after their losses at … Continue reading

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