Category Archives: The Journey

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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The Journey: Dispatched to the Shenandoah Valley

From John Beauchamp Jones’ famous Rebel War Clerk’s Diary: “August 7th.[1864]—Hot and dry; but heavy rains in other parts of the State. The 1st Army Corps moved through the city [Richmond] last night, via the Central and Fredericksburg Railroads…All this indicates … Continue reading

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Gordonsville and a Grand Review

On April 7, 1864, President Davis ordered Longstreet to move his troops to Charlottesville and there report to Gen. Lee. The move began by train on April 12 and they had all arrived by April 14. They camped on the … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Knoxville

Humphreys’ Brigade and the 13th regiment marched to Tyner’s Station, northeast of Chattanooga. The plan was for them to take a train from there northeast to Sweet Water. Indeed, the Confederates had rail transportation almost to  Loudon, two thirds of … Continue reading

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The Journey: Destination Ringgold, Georgia

Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded that the 13th Regiment and the rest of Humphreys’ Brigade left Columbia, South Carolina at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15, 1863. They traveled 130 miles, crossing the Savannah River and arrived at Augusta, … Continue reading

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The Journey: Onward to South Carolina

General Lee had dispatched Humphreys’ Brigade as part of two divisions of the First Corps to the Western Theater of war after Longstreet’s assertion that “the best opportunity for great results is in Tennessee…I think we could accomplish more than … Continue reading

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On the march

Aug. 22, 1863, a Saturday, dawned clear and warm and the regiment broke camp at 7 a.m. “The whole division marched in a southeaster direction,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded. “The day was very warm and a large … Continue reading

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The Journey: Culpeper bound

On Monday, July 20, 1863, the 13th Regiment broke camp at daylight, formed up with the rest of McLaws Division and marched south. It was “a hard day’s march,” the 17th’s Private Robert A. Moore recorded in his diary. “The … Continue reading

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