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Wrecking a railroad

Saturday, Oct. 18, 1862, dawned clear and cold with a big frost. The 13th and the 18th had a busy day of hard work ahead of them on a stretch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near Winchester. Quartermaster clerk … Continue reading

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Shoveling up Fort Beauregard

The battles of Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry had been over for almost four months when the whole 13th regiment was assigned to help construct a new protective earthwork near Leesburg. On Feb. 15th, Hill recorded in his diary: “Snowing … Continue reading

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Aftermath of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff

The Seventh Brigade was reinforced on Oct. 23, the day the Yankees withdrew their thousands of soldiers from the Virginia shore at Edwards Ferry. The Second Virginia, Fifth South Carolina and Eighth Louisiana regiments came up from Manassas, as well … Continue reading

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The Journey: Hill’s diary continues

The 13th Mississippi’s train trip to Virginia sounds exhausting. From Iuka, MS, on the afternoon of July 14 (a Sunday) in 1861, they passed through Tuscumbia, AL, at dusk. They crossed the Tennessee River at Decatur, AL, at 11 p.m., … Continue reading

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