On Oct. 24, 1862, the regiment moved with the brigade from its camp east of Winchester to a new camp within a mile south of Brucetown, a community about seven miles northeast of Winchester.
The purpose of the move was “to get wood and water,” Minutemen of Attala Private Mike Hubbert wrote in his diary. The men could also wash their clothes in the nearby Opequon Creek, which flowed northeast into the Potomac River, though they found the creek water quite cold for bathing.
There was a bit of excitement, Hubbert continued, when some of the brigade “chased and caught a red fox” that suddenly jumped from the brush. “…quite a miracle,” Hubbert concluded.
It rained all day on Sunday, the 26th, discomfiting the men of the 17th regiment whose camp unfortunately collected water.
On the 28th, the 13th’s quartermaster clerk William H. Hill of the Spartan Band wrote that it was clear and cold after “a large frost” overnight.
But the men had to fall in for brigade inspection in the morning and joined the division that afternoon for a general review by Generals Longstreet and McLaws.
“The ceremonies were made much more pleasant by the presence of a number of the fair sex,” 17th regiment Private Robert A. Moore recorded.
On Wednesday the 29th, the brigade held drill in the evening which Gen. Barksdale concluded, as he often did, with a bayonet charge.