Category Archives: Slavery

Cooking in one pot

You might have a hard time imagining how creative one could be cooking with one pot or skillet over an open fire—no matter how creative you were in scrounging up the makin’s from sometimes pitifully small rations. Comes Clarissa Clifton to help … Continue reading

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A slave takes his master home

The bodies of two men of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, left in the town when the brigade withdrew on the evening of Dec. 11, were discovered after Christmas in the rubble of some shelled and destroyed Fredericksburg homes. One was … Continue reading

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Slavery in Mississippi

Map of the 1860 federal census shows the density of slave population in Mississippi—more than most of the other states of the pending Confederacy. The long, L-shaped black figure (center left of the map) extending from the northwest part of … Continue reading

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A runaway slave

It had been snowing on and off for three days and there were the usual nervous warnings from brigade to have rations cooked and be ready to march and fight if the Yankees advanced. Several inches of fresh snow had … Continue reading

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Slave-owning officers of the 13th

I finally found the time to run the names of some of the 13th’s commissioned and non-commissioned officers through the federal 1860 Slave Schedules Census search engine at Ancestry.com I have, so far, found the following slave ownership (or lack … Continue reading

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Slavery and the 13th

I don’t know how many men in the 13th regiment owned slaves. So far, there is evidence that nine of them either did or at least had family connections to slavery. (UPDATED, see below.) That’s out of the more than … Continue reading

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