Author Archives: Dick Stanley

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman

“Official Records” now in Kindle

Independent historian Jess McLean, whose book The Official Records of the 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment inspired my own, alerts us that his book is now available for Kindle users.

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Christmas 1861

The 13th regiment spent its first Christmas Day, 1861, in camp near Leesburg. Private Mike Hubbert of the Minutemen of Attala wrote in his diary: “Camp is in quite a stir this morning. The boys all feel gay from the … Continue reading

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Secession Again?

“Secession is in the air again, ironically for the same reason the South seceded in 1860—dissatisfaction with the results of the presidential election. In 1860 it was Abe Lincoln; in 2016 it’s Donald Trump. And it’s not the South this … Continue reading

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Wig Wag flags at Fort Sanders

Artillery supported the 13th Regiment’s charge against Fort Sanders at Knoxville in the ice and snow of winter, 1863. The big guns were spread out so far around the southern curve of the battlefield that their commander had to use … Continue reading

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Americus Mitchell Gill

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 … Continue reading

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More Miniatures

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

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 … Continue reading

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Alamutcha Infantry Uniform

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 … Continue reading

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