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How about four Parrott rifles on Maryland Heights?

Well, it’s undoubtedly a good thing that the Civil War Trust wants to save Harper’s Ferry. Or, at least, thirteen acres of it. And it’s also a good thing that hikers are keeping the Maryland Heights 200 feet above the town as nice as … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s Brigade at Fredericksburg

Union Captain Andrew Joseph Russell took this photograph of a portion of Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade in Fredericksburg on April 8, 1863. They were posing for Russell— said to be the first official U.S. Army photographer—at the town end of a … Continue reading

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Return to Virginia

“Monday. Heavy rain last night, raining again today. Our wagon trains commenced crossing the Potomac at Williamsport, Maryland, this morning.” So wrote Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill on July 13, 1863. The 13th Regiment had left their rifle pits … Continue reading

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Digging in

Spartan Band diarist Will H. Hill wrote in his diary on Saturday, July 11, 1863, that the brigade had moved two miles north towards Hagerstown. They were shoveling up fortifications and digging rifle pits to defend against an expected Union … Continue reading

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On picket duty

On Tuesday, July 7, another day of rain, the Mississippi Brigade was ordered out on picket duty at Downsville, Maryland, four miles southeast of Williamsport on the swollen Potomac River. The pontoons over their intended crossing at Falling Waters had … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade’s division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, from his Hagerstown, Maryland headquarters on Tuesday, July 7. “Since I wrote you last we have had a series of terrible engagements out of which God has permitted … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: The Withdrawal

Saturday, the Fourth of July, dawned clear for the fourth day in a row, according to Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill. The late Gen. Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade had withdrawn during the night along with the rest of the division, … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s death

No one might ever have known what happened to the Mississippi Brigade’s commander, General William Barksdale, but for the kindness of two Union soldiers: Private David Parker of the 14th Vermont and Musician Robert A. Cassidy of the 148th Pennsylvania. … Continue reading

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