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Union siege on the Peninsula

These giant mortars, in these positions, were part of Union Gen. George McClellan’s siege of the Confederate defense line along the Warwick River. These 13-inch (bore diameter) guns lofted heavy explosive shells (balls at right) onto the vicinity of the … Continue reading

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The Journey: the retreat continues

The 13th marched on through Middleburg to pick up its tents and baggage and, after an additional 16 miles, camped Saturday night at White Plains on the Manassas Gap Railroad. They resumed marching south the next morning, March 9th, this … Continue reading

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Slave-owning officers of the 13th

I finally found the time to run the names of some of the 13th’s commissioned and non-commissioned officers through the federal 1860 Slave Schedules Census search engine at Ancestry.com I have, so far, found the following slave ownership (or lack … Continue reading

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Decimated by disease

From early June, 1861, when the 13th Regiment left Mississippi for their camp of instruction at Union City in northwestern Tennessee, through their journey to Virginia and their July 21 blooding at First Manassas, and on, three months later, to … Continue reading

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A new brigade, and a visit from Prince Napoleon

The prince, whose society nickname was Plon Plon, was a cousin of Napoleon III, the president of France. The president was the first Napoleon’s nephew. Richmond hoped France would become the first European nation to recognize the Confederacy. Plon Plon, … Continue reading

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The Fog of War

N.C. Wyeth Civil War art. Not about the 13th, per se, just a good piece of illustrative work without the sentiment of most modern ACW stuff. Yet stirring, obviously. And who says it couldn’t be about the 13th? Via Bull … Continue reading

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The 13th at Beauvoir Cemetery

Apparently six veterans of the 13th are buried at Beauvoir, Confederate President Jefferson Davis’s last home on the Mississippi coast, owned and operated by the Mississippi SCV. The six, according to the cemetery records here, are G.W. Agnew, James Benson, … Continue reading

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The Journey: Virginia at last

“Tuesday [July 16, 1861] Cloudy and raining in the evening,” Hill’s diary continues. “We left Chattanooga on the E. Tennessee and Georgia R.R. Stopped two hours at Cleveland, Tenn. Crossed the Tennessee River for the 3rd time at Louden [sic], … Continue reading

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