Category Archives: Humpreys Mississippi Brigade

Digital regimental soon in paperback

A book of this digital regimental is in the works and should be available in paperback at Amazon before the end of the year. It will have some additional material but for the most part be a recapitulation of what’s … 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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Captured at Saylor’s Creek

One hundred and forty-eight years ago this morning, on a cloudy Thursday, the Army of Northern Virginia fought its last battle. It was little more than a skirmish, actually, though it extinguished Humphreys’ Mississippi Brigade and most of the 13th … Continue reading

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Retreat: the last brigade through Richmond

“The final act in the pathetic, tragic struggle of 40,000 half-starved Confederates against the Federal host of 130,000 perfectly-equipped men began April 1st,” 1865, a Saturday. So wrote self-described 21st Mississippi Regiment veteran J.S. McNeilly for the Mississippi Historical Society … Continue reading

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Desertions reached epidemic proportions

S.A. Gerald of Matagorda, Texas, wrote Confederate Veteran magazine after the war: “…for two or three months [in 1865]…I was on detail on the ‘dead line,’ on duty at night, the only object being to catch any who might desert to the Yankees.” … Continue reading

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Defending Richmond

There’s little extant information about the activities of the 13th Regiment and the rest of Kershaw’s division from November 1864 to early April 1865. Historians report no more than that the division was posted on the Nine Mile Road near … Continue reading

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The Journey: Return to Richmond

First Corps artillery chief Gen. Edward Porter Alexander recalled in his post-war memoir that “Kershaw’s division was recalled from the Valley early in November [1864] and rejoined our corps on the north side of the James [river].” The actual return … Continue reading

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The 13th resumes command of the brigade

Among the Confederates who were seriously wounded in the Cedar Creek battle was Major George Bruce Gerald, the brigade’s commander. Gerald, former commander of the brigade’s 18th Mississippi Regiment had replaced the wounded Gen. Humphreys as brigade commander after the … Continue reading

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