Category Archives: Mike M. Hubbert Diary

Merry Christmas from the 13th Mississippi

The regiment spent its first Christmas Day, 1861, in camp near Leesburg. Private Mike Hubbert of the Minutemen of Attala wrote in his diary: “Camp is in quite a stir this morning. The boys all feel gay from the effect … Continue reading

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Mike M. Hubbert, RIP

On Wednesday, April 8, 1863, Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded that the sickness in the 13th regiment seemed to be increasing. “The scarlet fever and typhoid pneumonia are prevailing to a great extent in our Regiment. There was … Continue reading

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A dull Christmas

Christmas Eve, 1862. The 13th Mississippi and the rest of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade spent the eve and Christmas Day itself, a Thursday, on picket duty in Fredericksburg. At least the weather was “clear and warm for the season,” William H. … Continue reading

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The Northern Lights

Many authors of fact and fiction about the Battle of Fredericksburg have written about the startling appearance of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, in the sky the bitterly cold night of Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, when the battlefield below … Continue reading

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Aftermath

The battlefield was again foggy, but also with a smoky mist from the previous day’s fighting, as well as very quiet on the morning of Dec. 14, 1862—except for the pitiful groans and cries for water from the Union wounded, … Continue reading

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In line of battle

The Mississippi Brigade’s Dec. 11, 1862, stand in the town against the advancing Union army was only a sideshow to the approaching big show. The 13th Regiment withdrew with the rest of the brigade that night to the Telegraph Road … Continue reading

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“…there is daily skirmishing…”

Thursday, Nov. 6, 1862. “Clear and cold,” William H. Hill of the Spartan Band, wrote in his diary. “The baggage that we sent back to Gordonsville arrived back here this morning.” The baggage also included goods the 13th had left … Continue reading

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The Journey: Back to Brucetown

On Oct. 24, 1862, the regiment moved with the brigade from its camp east of Winchester to a new camp within a mile south of Brucetown, a community about seven miles northeast of Winchester. The purpose of the move was … Continue reading

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