Category Archives: The Secessionists

Captured at Saylor’s Creek

One hundred and forty-eight years ago this morning, on a cloudy Thursday, the Army of Northern Virginia fought its last battle. It was little more than a skirmish, actually, though it extinguished Humphreys’ Mississippi Brigade and most of the 13th … Continue reading

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Desertions reached epidemic proportions

S.A. Gerald of Matagorda, Texas, wrote Confederate Veteran magazine after the war: “…for two or three months [in 1865]…I was on detail on the ‘dead line,’ on duty at night, the only object being to catch any who might desert to the Yankees.” … Continue reading

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The 13th resumes command of the brigade

Among the Confederates who were seriously wounded in the Cedar Creek battle was Major George Bruce Gerald, the brigade’s commander. Gerald, former commander of the brigade’s 18th Mississippi Regiment had replaced the wounded Gen. Humphreys as brigade commander after the … Continue reading

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Billed for a lost weapon

Further evidence of the 13th’s participation in the rout of General Early’s demoralized troops after the Battle of Cedar Creek was uncovered by independent historian Jess McLean. He found a notation on the records of Private Henry Francis Carr of … 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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The 13th’s POWs

Camp Chase Prison, then on the western outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, was not the worst Union prisoner of war camp. Some say that distinction goes to Point Lookout, in Maryland. But overcrowding and little food encouraged diseases such as smallpox … 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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Colonel Carter’s report

On Dec. 28, 1862, Col. John W. Carter, commanding the 13th Regiment at Fredericksburg, wrote the following report to Gen. Barksdale of the regiment’s fight on Dec. 11: GENERAL: In accordance with your order, I marched my regiment, at about … Continue reading

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