Category Archives: Humpreys Mississippi Brigade

“The ration is complained of as being scant”

Feb. 27, 1865, is the last extant inspector’s report for the 13th Regiment and its brigade by the Army of Northern Virginia. “The command is very well supplied with clothing. The arms and accoutrements are kept in excellent order. The ration … Continue reading

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Bayonet disagreement: 2010 vs 1864

“The 1870 Surgeon General’s Medical and Surgical History of the War of Rebellion listed the types of wounds treated in Union hospitals. Because the report listed fewer than 1,000 bayonet wounds, a number of historians then and since concluded that … Continue reading

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Mississippi’s fugitive newspapers

In late July, 1864, the 13th Regiment was in the trenches at Petersburg where they’d been since late June. So some of them may have been able to receive mail from home, including newspapers. But many of those newspapers, if they … Continue reading

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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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