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A letter home, Jan. 25, 1865

In early 1865, the last winter of the war, the remnant of the 13th regiment was in trenches, defending Richmond, between the New Market and Darbytown roads east of the capital city. These were days of little military activity but much privation … Continue reading

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Christmas 1864: A serenade by the band

There wasn’t a good Christmas noted by a 13th Regiment letter writer, diarist or memoirist after 1861 in Leesburg. That was the last one where food was plentiful with all the comforts, even if furloughs had been revoked. Christmas 1862 was … Continue reading

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Defending Richmond

There’s little extant information about the activities of the 13th Regiment and the rest of Kershaw’s division from November 1864 to early April 1865. Historians report no more than that the division was posted on the Nine Mile Road near … Continue reading

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Battles: Berryville

History has dismissed the Battle of Berryville, Sept 3-4, 1864, as a minor engagement. But it was major enough for the diminished 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi Brigade. The federals under Gen. Phillip Sheridan were moving south … Continue reading

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Cold

The skies were clear in Fredericksburg in the early days of 1863 and the temperature was dropping. The weather would prove variable, from a few mild days followed by others of intense cold. On January 4, Private Wilborn P. Smith … Continue reading

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Payday, drill and high prices

July 22, 1862. Quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded in his diary: “Tuesday. Clear and warm. I commenced making up the payrolls for May and June. The Brigade was reviewed and inspected by Gen. McLaws.” Hill finished paying the regiment … Continue reading

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Reorganization

Still confronting the enemy on the Warwick, the army was reorganized on April 26, 1862 with a new election of commissioned and non-commissioned officers. In the 13th, at least, each company also got a new alphabetical designator which determined its … Continue reading

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The Conscription Act

On April 16, 1862, the Confederate Congress in Richmond passed the first of three conscription acts. It called most white men between ages eighteen and thirty-five to military service for three years. Later amendments created exceptions, including the owners of … Continue reading

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