Dixie & The Bonnie Blue Flag

This is the music and the way it was played, i.e. by a brass band, that the men of the 13th heard  before, during and even after the war for the ones who had survived. Nowadays Political Correctness has pretty much stopped it from being played in public. Fortunately, we have YouTube to compensate.

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Praise for The Bloody Thirteenth

Elaine F. Boatin, a retired University of Maine literature and writing professor, recently posted a review of our new regimental history on its sales page at Amazon. She is a descendant of the regiment’s Private John Nicholas Ford:

“First, a disclaimer. My great-grandfather served in the 13th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment as a member of Company D, the Minute Men of Attala, and so did two of his brothers. I therefore have more than a casual interest in this new book by Dick Stanley about the “Bloody Thirteenth.” That said, I found this a very readable book, one that brings the Civil War to life in a way that a straight history of campaign strategy, or statistics about the numbers of casualties from disease and wounds, cannot.

“Stanley is fortunate in having diaries, letters, and memoirs to draw on, and he skillfully weaves quotes from them into his narration. The focus is on the ordinary soldier’s experience of the war: the mundane details of blisters, lice, poor diet, mud, endless marching, comradeship, homesickness—as well as the horrors of battle.

“When Private Newton Nash, also of the Minute Men, whose wonderfully eloquent letters to his wife Mollie have been providing intimate texture to the narrative, is killed at Gettysburg, I wept as if I’d known him. My guess is that anyone interested in the Civil War or, indeed, in any war as it is actually lived by those fighting on the ground, will find this book enlightening and moving reading.”

Elaine, who is also a novelist and writer of short stories, is finishing her own new book, a novel about her 19th century Southern ancestors and their lives in Alabama and Mississippi. It includes a chapter on Private Ford’s wounding in the Leesburg fight. More about the novel later.

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Digital regimental now in paperback and ebook


A 366-page paperback narrative of this digital regimental is now available for sale at Amazon here, and also here as an ebook.

Both contain some additional material not found in this Web version but otherwise are faithful reproductions of it. The title comes from Private Thurman Early Hendricks of the Minutemen of Attala. He wrote in a memoir that, in early 1863, its veterans called the regiment “The Bloody Thirteenth.”

An advantage of the paper and ebook formats, in addition to providing lasting, personal copies of the history, is that they can be read from beginning to end instead of finish to start as is the format of a blog. Much easier to read in the usual way. The ebook also is searchable and the paperback has an index of many of the regiment’s soldiers, for the convenience of descendants wishing to see what’s available about their ancestor. Enjoy!

UPDATE:  The ebook version has been reformatted to the interior appearance of the paperback to make it easier to read. The reformatting eliminated the index but, of course, it’s still searchable. And a mere 99 cents! Don’t be confused by Amazon’s “look inside” feature for the ebook. It still retains the old formatting.

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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 you out. Her good recipe book “One Hearth, One Pot” is short but valuable, and her explanations will help you conjure a full picture of a 13th soldier or his mess’s servant/slave cooking in camp or at makeshift stops on the march from one battle to the next. Chicken, hoe cakes and sweet potato biscuits. Yum.

“Remember,” she writes in her introduction, “most of the basic home recipes we cook today come from the open hearth…This cookbook focuses on the techniques of cooking used by slaves and the yeoman class of farmers.”

Ms Clifton, who does living history, open-hearth cooking demonstrations for visitors at foundation-owned historic plantations in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Roswell, Georgia, has a second cookbook in the works.

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Mississippi uniform buttons


Apparently from a solider in I Company, which was the letter name of the 13th’s Minutemen of Attala, though I have no idea whether the buttons are from one of them.

UPDATE:  Winston Cameron of Winchester, Virginia, a descendant of Captain Hugh Cameron and First Lieutenant John Cameron, both of the Alamutcha Infantry, thinks the I on the buttons more likely stood for Infantry.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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“…a good tactical history…”

TOCWOC’s review of Phillip Thomas Tucker’s new Barksdale’s Charge is more than complimentary.

“This is a detailed history of the men that charged and those who stopped them. The author lets them tell the story with extensive quotes from their letters and diaries. Additionally, he quotes a number of respected historians to support the idea that this is the ‘High-water Mark’ of the Confederacy.

“This is solid old-fashion battle history where heroics are commonplace. Some may complain about ‘purple prose’ but some history must be written that way. Purple prose or not, this is a good tactical history of how regiments and brigades fought. The author is careful to detail the tactics used giving the reader a better understanding of command and control in the smoke filled, confused and incredibly noisy environment that was battle.”

We descendents of the 13th Regiment of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade can be pardoned for sharing such sentiments about this best-so-far analysis of their Gettysburg charge—as we did even before TOCWOC’s approbation. But it’s very nice to have it to point to as well.

Read all of the review here.

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Merry Christmas from the 13th Mississippi


The regiment spent its first Christmas Day, 1861, in camp near Leesburg.

Private Mike Hubbert of the Minutemen of Attala wrote in his diary: “Camp is in quite a stir this morning. The boys all feel gay from the effect of the fashionable old drink Egg Nog.”

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