Category Archives: H. Grady Howell Jr.

George M. Mott’s message to Abe

Rocky Lockley emails that he and Jason Hinton were relic hunting when they made this extraordinary find near Brucetown, northeast of Winchester, Virginia, where the 13th camped in October, 1862, after the Battle of Sharpsburg. He explains: “An Enfield bullet … Continue reading

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The “stillness” at Appomattox

The less-than-one-company-sized pittance that was the 13th Mississippi Regiment at Appomattox Courthouse played no recorded role in the events surrounding General Lee’s formal surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. It was the Christian holy day … 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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Payday and a prisoner’s deception

Pay had been sporadic for some time when, on Thursday, August 13, 1863, the 13th Regiment, along with the rest of the brigade, finally received its wages. “We were paid off yesterday to include the 30th of June,” Lieutenant Robert … Continue reading

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On Pony Mountain

Starting onĀ  July 25, 1863, the 13th Regiment spent the first of five days bivouacked on the slopes of Pony Mountain, about two miles south of Culpeper Courthouse. It was a time of rest and preaching by the brigade’s chaplains … Continue reading

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Night on the battlefield

The survivors of the Mississippi Brigade retreated in the evening twilight of July 2, 1863, back to the Peach Orchard and the vicinity of the Sherfy farm. More than twenty Rebel cannon were awaiting them there, having moved from Seminary … Continue reading

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Hurry up and wait

July 1, 1863, was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg—in which a Confederate division under General Henry C. Heth, approaching Gettysburg in a recon-in-force, collided with a Union cavalry screen. For Barksdale’s Brigade, camped at Greenwood, about fourteen … Continue reading

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Four lieutenants demoted

Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill said it was snowing at dress parade on the morning of March 12, 1863, when an order from Gen. Lee was read to the regiment. The order said that four 13th lieutenants whom a … Continue reading

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