Category Archives: The Winston Guards

Catch your hat full of grapeshot

The yellowish tinge to the iron balls of this canister round fired by 12-pounder Napoleon cannon is from the sawdust they were packed in. You can see at a glance how badly a body could be torn by these things … 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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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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A deserter

Independent regiment historian Jess N. McLean found a letter concerning the desertion of a private in the Winston Guards. It was written on May 29, 1864, by the Rhode Island Military Commandant in Washington City to Colonel  A.D. Prather, commander … Continue reading

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The fight at Campbell’s Station

General Burnside’s federal army was retreating to Knoxville. Pursuing them, after crossing the Tennessee River on Nov. 15, General Longstreet divided his two divisions. He accompanied Hood’s Division along the Hotchkiss Valley Road to Lenoir City and sent McLaws’ Division … Continue reading

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Night on the battlefield

The survivors of the Mississippi Brigade retreated in the evening twilight of July 2, 1863, back to the Peach Orchard and the vicinity of the Sherfy farm. More than twenty Rebel cannon were awaiting them there, having moved from Seminary … 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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Private Jonathon James McDaniel

This post-war picture of the Winston Guards private from Louisville, Mississippi, was recently provided to me by his great, great granddaughter Jo Anzalone. He was in Fredericksburg with the 13th, a young farmer who joined the Guards in May, 1861, … Continue reading

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