Category Archives: Shenandoah Valley

Send clothing, food to our soldiers in Virginia

Many a Rebel, including some in the 13th Regiment, had been killed or wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg, in Maryland in mid September, 1862, and the survivors, retreating back into Virginia near Winchester had to contend with frosty temperatures … 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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Battles: Cedar Creek

Gen. Jubal Early saw his chance for a surprise attack on Sheridan and took it. He had moved his army north again to the vicinity of their late September defeat at Fisher’s Hill, where the terrain nevertheless gave them some … Continue reading

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The Valley laid waste

Gen. Early’s loss at Third Winchester opened the Shenandoah Valley to Union destruction and Gen. Sheridan lost no time in dispatching his troops south to lay waste the land and the harvest Early’s troops had been protecting. Sheridan reported setting … Continue reading

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Return (almost) to General Lee

A little more than a week after their costly fight at Berryville, Kershaw’s Division, including the 13th Regiment, was ordered back to Richmond where Gen. George G. Meade’s troops were threatening the capital city. “On the night of [September] 15th,” … Continue reading

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Battles: Berryville

History has dismissed the Battle of Berryville, Sept 3-4, 1864, as a minor engagement. But it was major enough for the diminished 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi Brigade. The federals under Gen. Phillip Sheridan were moving south … Continue reading

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Skirmishing around Wincester

This late in the war, Confederate records are sparse, and details few, but the 13th regiment seems to have missed the Aug. 16, 1864, fight at Guard Hill near Front Royal. There, Wofford’s Brigade of Georgians was surprised by Union … Continue reading

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