Category Archives: The Commanders

Where Gen. Barksdale died

Gen. William Barksdale was wounded several times near Plum Run on the Gettysburg battlefield in the late evening of July 2, 1863. He was carried to this home of shoemaker Jacob Hummelbaugh on Cemetery Ridge by several Union soldiers who’d … Continue reading

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Withdrawal: Miles of fence on fire

After the failed first-light attack on Fort Sanders, General Burnside offered his old West Point classmate General Longstreet a flag of truce. “The morning being very cold and frosty, and the enemy’s wounded in our ditch and in front of … Continue reading

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Depression

Perhaps thinking of the deserters recently rounded up by soldiers of his division, Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife Emily on August 14 of the depression events had caused in some Confederates. “The condition of our affairs is calculated to … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s death

No one might ever have known what happened to the Mississippi Brigade’s commander, General William Barksdale, but for the kindness of two Union soldiers: Private David Parker of the 14th Vermont and Musician Robert A. Cassidy of the 148th Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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The Mississippi Brigade attacks

By some accounts, Gen. William Barksdale, of Columbus, Mississippi, the 13th Regiment’s colonel at muster in 1861, spent the late afternoon of July 2, 1863, in frustration. He was trying to get his division and corps commanders to allow his … Continue reading

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Preparing to attack

Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade formed in the Pitzer Woods on Seminary Ridge, behind a low stone wall in the late afternoon of July 2, 1863. It was a clear and warm Thursday. “…the order was given to ‘strip for the fight,’ … Continue reading

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Marching and countermarching

Thursday, July 2, 1863, was clear and warm, according to Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill: “General Lee brought all of his forces up this morning in front of the enemy. Both parties skirmished all the morning.” Barksdale’s Brigade could … Continue reading

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Hurry up and wait

July 1, 1863, was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg—in which a Confederate division under General Henry C. Heth, approaching Gettysburg in a recon-in-force, collided with a Union cavalry screen. For Barksdale’s Brigade, camped at Greenwood, about fourteen … Continue reading

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