Tag Archives: Fredericksburg 1863

Skirmishing and cannonading

Gen. Barksdale, the brigade commander, later wrote that Gen McLaws moved some of the division north of Fredericksburg to meet the enemy. The Mississippians, however, were detailed to Gen. Early. The Thirteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Regiments were pulled back from … Continue reading

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The eve of great and stirring events

Gen. McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, a quick letter on the evening of April 29, 1863, about the previous night’s Union crossing of the river below and above Fredericksburg which he expected to become a renewed battle. Below the town … Continue reading

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Those Union balloons

The brigade’s picket duty in Fredericksburg finally became routine and the soldiers were comfortably situated in some occupied homes and some devastated ones. 17th Mississippi Private Robert A. Moore “impressed” two mattresses for his accommodations. He also recorded the sighting … Continue reading

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The senior officers, as usually, took advantage of the winter lull and went home onĀ  furlough. There was controversy over whether the junior officers and privates should enjoy the same privilege. The brigade’s former commander, Gen. D.H. Hill, for instance, … Continue reading

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The skies were clear in Fredericksburg in the early days of 1863 and the temperature was dropping. The weather would prove variable, from a few mild days followed by others of intense cold. On January 4, Private Wilborn P. Smith … Continue reading

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