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Nimrod Newton Nash

Newt Nash was a rifleman in the 13th Mississippi whose letters home to his wife Mollie go a long way to illuminating the Civil War from the Confederate viewpoint. Copies of the letters, transcribed by Newt’s descendants, were given to … Continue reading

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“The ration is complained of as being scant”

Feb. 27, 1865, is the last extant inspector’s report for the 13th Regiment and its brigade by the Army of Northern Virginia. “The command is very well supplied with clothing. The arms and accoutrements are kept in excellent order. The ration … Continue reading

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A letter home, Jan. 25, 1865

In early 1865, the last winter of the war, the remnant of the 13th regiment was in trenches, defending Richmond, between the New Market and Darbytown roads east of the capital city. These were days of little military activity but much privation … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A serenade by the band

There wasn’t a good Christmas noted by a 13th Regiment letter writer, diarist or memoirist after 1861 in Leesburg. That was the last one where food was plentiful with all the comforts, even if furloughs had been revoked. Christmas 1862 was … Continue reading

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Mississippi’s fugitive newspapers

In late July, 1864, the 13th Regiment was in the trenches at Petersburg where they’d been since late June. So some of them may have been able to receive mail from home, including newspapers. But many of those newspapers, if they … Continue reading

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Send clothing, food to our soldiers in Virginia

Many a Rebel, including some in the 13th Regiment, had been killed or wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg, in Maryland in mid September, 1862, and the survivors, retreating back into Virginia near Winchester had to contend with frosty temperatures … Continue reading

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Reprise: The 13th at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry

The 13th regiment spent an uncomfortable Sunday, Oct. 20, [1861] entrenched at Goose Creek on the Leesburg turnpike near Edwards Ferry. They were wet from drizzling rain, cold without the blankets they had left with their baggage at Fort Evans … Continue reading

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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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