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Battles: Hanover Junction

On May 21, the Army of Northern Virginia left its intrenchments near Spotsylvania Court House and marched south rapidly in response to Grant’s latest attempt to get around them and assault Richmond. “The First Corps and its batteries marched by … Continue reading

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Gordonsville and a Grand Review

On April 7, 1864, President Davis ordered Longstreet to move his troops to Charlottesville and there report to Gen. Lee. The move began by train on April 12 and they had all arrived by April 14. They camped on the … Continue reading

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The Journey: Return to Virginia

Longstreet’s reduced corps (including Humphreys’ Mississippi Brigade) left its winter quarters in the vicinity of Russellville, Tennessee, “in the last of March [1864],” according to independent historian H. Grady Howell Jr. They moved northeast to Bristol, on the Tennessee-Virginia state … Continue reading

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Just 208 men left in the 13th Regiment

Captain Hugh D. Cameron, originally of the Alamutcha Infantry, was temporarily commanding the regiment on March 8, 1864. Cameron was a 17-year-old unmarried student when he enlisted in March, 1861. Cameron was substituting for Major George LaValle Donald, who had … Continue reading

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Deserter: Brigade down to 800 men

With the end of our last known diary by a 13th Regiment soldier [i.e. the Spartan Band's William H. Hill] or, for that matter, any Humphreys’ Brigade soldier, we’re left to use the words of those outside either unit in … Continue reading

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A train collision on the way to Richmond

Humphreys’ Brigade broke camp at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 1863, and marched eight miles to Hanover Junction. They camped there while Hood’s Division boarded the railroad cars and left for Richmond—enroute to Chattanooga, TN. “The waggons and teams … Continue reading

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A little tramp

After a dull few days in camp near Waller’s Tavern along the North Anna River, including  a brigade inspection and brigade drill on Friday, Aug. 28, the calm was broken the next day. “We received orders just before noon,” 17th … Continue reading

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More desertions

17th Mississippi diarist Robert A. Moore was now a lieutenant and so he was assigned officer of the day on Aug. 25, 1863, which entailed mounting the brigade’s prison guard. The next day, Wednesday, was clear and pleasant, perfect for … Continue reading

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