Tag Archives: The Spartan Band

A Mississippian in Texas

Independent historian Jess McLean of Dallas, author of the only compendium of the troops of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment is trying to preserve this old grave in Lyons, southwest of College Station, Texas. The lieutenant named on the tombstone, … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Pennsylvania

“The Division left camp at 3 a.m. and commenced the march for Maryland,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 1863. “The whole army is in motion for the enemy’s country,” 17th Regiment diarist Robert A. … Continue reading

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Fighting clerks

Saturday, June 13, 1863, dawned clear and warm in the regiment’s camp near the Stevensburg Road, southeast of Clupeper Court House. But the clear day was followed by “a severe storm and rain in the evening,” Spartan Band diarist William … Continue reading

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Let us be thankful

May 9, 1863, Division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife at home in Georgia. “The battles are now over for the present, and I write you with freer breath. Let us be thankful my dear wife for the mercies … Continue reading

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Fishing with a net

Undoubtedly tired of their meat and bread diets since the start of the war two years before, the 13th and the Barksdale Brigade gratefully turned to fishing the Rappahannock River at Fredricksburg. “The soldiers of this brigade are catching large … Continue reading

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