Digital regimental now in paperback and ebook

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A 366-page paperback narrative of this digital regimental is now available for sale at Amazon here, and also here as an ebook.

Both contain some additional material not found in this Web version but otherwise are faithful reproductions of it. The title comes from Private Thurman Early Hendricks of the Minutemen of Attala. He wrote in a memoir that, in early 1863, its veterans called the regiment “The Bloody Thirteenth.”

An advantage of the paper and ebook formats, in addition to providing lasting, personal copies of the history, is that they can be read from beginning to end instead of finish to start as is the format of a blog. Much easier to read in the usual way. The ebook also is searchable and the paperback has an index of many of the regiment’s soldiers, for the convenience of descendants wishing to see what’s available about their ancestor. Enjoy!

UPDATE:  The ebook version has been reformatted to the interior appearance of the paperback to make it easier to read. The reformatting eliminated the index but, of course, it’s still searchable. And a mere 99 cents! Don’t be confused by Amazon’s “look inside” feature for the ebook. It still retains the old formatting.

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Americus Mitchell Gill

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Gill was a private of the Kemper Legion who was captured twice, the first time at Fredericksburg in 1862, and, after having been exchanged, again at Spotsylvania in 1864. That time he spend a year at Fort Delaware prison until taking the oath at war’s end in June, 1865. His stone above is at Clinton, in Hinds County. More on his service here from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

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More Miniatures

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The 28mm Thirteenth on the march, judging from their right-shoulder arms.

Via an Arizona wargamer’s blog.

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The Yankee leader of the Regimental Band

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Professor T. Dwight Nutting, a Vermont native and Ohio college graduate who was teaching music in Mississippi when he organized the regimental brass band in 1861. In the spring of 1862 the ensemble performed to acclaim from the Army of Northern Virginia on the Virginia Peninsula. Two years later, with the army and the Confederacy in serious decline, Nutting apparently was demoralized.

The 38-year-old professor was then a federal prisoner at Memphis, where he took “the Oath of Amnesty” on March 22. The oath was a pardon issued in exchange for the signee swearing to faithfully defend the constitution of the United States and support and abide by all proclamations of the government.

He wasn’t a soldier, after all, and Memphis was so close to Mississippi where he had lived before the war. Later in 1864 he moved to Illinois where he taught in several institutions, including the Illinois Conservatory of Music. He died there in 1889 and is buried in Jacksonville, Illinois.

Via Find-A-Grave.

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Alamutcha Infantry Uniform

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The provenance here is missing, and the Alamutchas of Lauderdale County were only Company A until the 1862 reorganization (when they became Company E until the war ended) but I like the tricorn hat with the star. Unless the wounded fellow kneeling on the ground is meant to be of the 13th.

Have no idea whether either uniform is accurate, but since the Confederates often identified themselves with the soldiers and civilians of the American Revolution, the tricorn is creditable. Likewise the short, black stovepipe hat, as a contemporary preference. And the blue uniform, signifying that they didn’t all wear gray, which was a post-war notion. According to Jess McLean, this company originally came from Alamutcha in Lauderdale County but was finally named the Alamutchie Infantry.

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Tin Soldier: Another Barksdale

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Not at his most flattering, this tin representation of General B. and three of his 13th Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg. At least they got his bald top and long side hair right.

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New Brit site on the 13th at First Manassas

The messenger sent to General Longstreet returned and informed me that the General said there was a regiment in the pines to my left which had been ordered to report to him, and that I could take that regiment instead of the companies of my own, to save time and prevent the exposure of both to the fire of the enemy’s artillery in passing to and from Blackburn’s Ford. In this arrangement I readily concurred, and soon found, to my left in the pines, the 13th Mississippi Regiment under Colonel Barksdale, which had very recently arrived.

Lieutenant General Jubal Anderson Early C.S.A.: Autobiographical sketch and narrative of the War Between the States, with notes by Jubal Anderson Early

Worth a look.

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Another charging Barksdale

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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 the sides while thick on the top. Most contemporary remarks on his charge have his long white hair billowing, and we know he was bald on top without his toupee, which he was unlikely to have worn then, even if it would have stayed on.

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Reprise: The Journey: Kingsmill Wharf to Lee’s Mill

The Spartan Band diarist Albert Wymer Henley on Wednesday, April 9, 1862:

“About 4 p.m. we landed at ‘Kings Mills’ on the James River when under a drenching rain and in places nearly knee deep, we proceeded to march about 8 miles to Lebanon Church [near Lee’s Mill on the Warwick River] which we reached cold, wet and hungry at about 10 o’clock that night.”

Winston Guards diarist Thomas D. Wallace described the terrain as “low slash flat pine quicksand country…it sleeted and rained most of the night.”

Henley wrote the next day, Thursday:

“…many who were unable to keep up…did not reach here till [this] day. We built fires on our arrival but being in such uncomfortable condition we neither slept or rested.”

It was a far cry from what they had become used to in the green fields and warm cabins near Leesburg. Gart Johnson, a captain in the brigade’s 21st Mississippi Regiment recalled years later in Confederate Veteran magazine:

“….huddled on a steamer like cattle [we] took our way to the Peninsula. From the beautiful hills and fertile valleys, the crystal springs and clear, running streams, the fresh baker’s bread and clover fed beef, and the milk and honey of old Louden [sic], to the marshes and lagoons and brackish water of the Warwick! These, with the rancid bacon, the musty corn meal and rice, and the cool, damp atmosphere, made us realize what war was.”

Actually, the full realization hadn’t quite arrived, but it was on the way.

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