Monthly Archives: June 2012

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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One deserter and two patriots

The fortunes of the regiment and, indeed, the Confederacy, were declining in the spring of 1864, but the men were affected in different ways, according to records gathered by independent historian Jess N. McLean. Professor T. Dwight Nutting, leader of … Continue reading

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General McLaws’ court martial

Although convened in February, 1864, McLaws’ court martial for dereliction of duty in the assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, was on-again, off-again, for the next several weeks. Finally, on March 11, the trial commenced at a private home in … Continue reading

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