Category Archives: The Lauderdale Zouaves

The Confederate Memorial at Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery, where the murdered President Kennedy is buried, along with thousands of American military careerists and a comparatively few war heroes who get most of the place’s publicity, has a little-known Confederate side. “For many years following the war, … Continue reading

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Battles: Cold Harbor

On the night of May 31, 1864, the First Corps, including the 13th Mississippi Regiment, marched for Cold Harbor. Plans called for getting onto Grant’s left flank and rolling it up while the rest of Lee’s army attacked Grant’s front. … Continue reading

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Thirteenth private buried at Arlington

Sometime in about May, 1864, a private from the Lauderdale Zouaves who had been captured by the Union was buried on a hillside near Washington City. Private Michael Quinn was an unmarried 35-year-old “ditcher” when he enlisted at Lauderdale Station … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fort Sanders

By Nov. 28, 1863, the siege of Knoxville was entering its second week. Longstreet, who had been dithering on the question of where best to attack the Union defenses, had finally settled on one—the red-dirt Fort Sanders (above, looking west) … Continue reading

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A train collision on the way to Richmond

Humphreys’ Brigade broke camp at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1863, and marched eight miles to Hanover Junction. They camped there while Hood’s Division boarded the railroad cars and left for Richmond—enroute to Chattanooga, TN. “The waggons and teams … Continue reading

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The 13th at Old Capitol Prison and Fort Delaware

Of the sixteen soldiers of the 13th Mississippi who were captured on Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg on May 3, 1863, fourteen were sent to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington City, according to Jess N. McLean. He lists them as … Continue reading

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Barksdale promoted

Aug. 12, 1862, while the Mississippi Brigade was on picket duty between Malvern Hill and Richmond, the 13th’s former colonel, William Barksdale was promoted to brigadier general. Barksdale, the former fire-eating (i.e. pro-secession) congressman from Lowndes County, MS, who owned … Continue reading

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Battles: Garnett’s Farm

For the larger part of the Army of Northern Virginia, this was the Battle of Gaines Mill, north of the Chickahominy River, a costly but clear victory. The 13th Regiment was south of the river with Magruder’s division (as at … Continue reading

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