Category Archives: Fredericksburg

Marching and countermarching

“All has been unusually quiet in front of us today,” 17th Mississippi diarist Robert A. Moore recorded on May 1, 1863 on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. That changed the next day, Saturday, Moore wrote, with “some skirmishing and cannonading in … Continue reading

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Skirmishing and cannonading

Gen. Barksdale, the brigade commander, later wrote that Gen McLaws moved some of the division north of Fredericksburg to meet the enemy. The Mississippians, however, were detailed to Gen. Early. The Thirteenth, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Regiments were pulled back from … Continue reading

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The ringing of the alarm bell

17th Mississippi Private Robert A. Moore’s weary return to Fredericksburg from his furlough home to Mississippi turned exciting two days later, Wednesday, April 29, 1863,  when “We were awoke this morning by the ringing of the alarm-bell…” “The enemy crossed … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg’s sunken road

A portion of the defense line of Marye’s Heights, where Lee’s army fought the first Battle of Fredericksburg in December, 1862, and where Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade would again in May, 1863.

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Fishing with a net

Undoubtedly tired of their meat and bread diets since the start of the war two years before, the 13th and the Barksdale Brigade gratefully turned to fishing the Rappahannock River at Fredricksburg. “The soldiers of this brigade are catching large … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Fredericksburg Va April 20th /63 Dear Mollie Once more the privilige is granted me of writing to my darling wife who always has the upermost seat in my heart. This leaves me in fine health, together with a majority of … Continue reading

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McLaws visits the brigade

A few days before Mike Hubbert died, division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws went down from his headquarters near Marye’s Heights to see Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade in the city. “I visited Fredricksburg this evening,” McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, on April … Continue reading

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Mike M. Hubbert, RIP

On Wednesday, April 8, 1863, Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded that the sickness in the 13th regiment seemed to be increasing. “The scarlet fever and typhoid pneumonia are prevailing to a great extent in our Regiment. There was … Continue reading

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