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Another charging Barksdale

Seems unlikely Gen. B would lead a charge with his hat, as this painting by Western artist Gary Lynn Roberts has it. But there have been other fanciful notions about him. More troubling would be his rather short hair on … Continue reading

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Another Look At Barksdale

“Forty-two years old, Barksdale was one of the Confederacy’s most inspirational brigadiers, and his brigade of big, rangy, straight-shooting Mississippians was second to none. Barksdale was a political general, and couldn’t be asked to achieve anything tactically sophisticated, but as … 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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Barksdale’s brigade in the assualt

Civil War artist Mort Kunstler’s sentimental conception of Gen. William Barksdale leading his Mississippi Brigade on Juy 2, 1863, into the line of the Zouaves of the 114th Pennsylvania in the Sherfy farmyard.

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General Barksdale’s report

FREDERICKSBURG, VA., May 15, 1863. MAJOR: When General McLaws moved up the river on the night of April 30, I was temporarily detached from my command, and ordered to report to General Early. My brigade was then at Marye’s Hill, … Continue reading

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Barksdale promoted

Aug. 12, 1862, while the Mississippi Brigade was on picket duty between Malvern Hill and Richmond, the 13th’s former colonel, William Barksdale was promoted to brigadier general. Barksdale, the former fire-eating (i.e. pro-secession) congressman from Lowndes County, MS, who owned … Continue reading

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