Category Archives: Gen. James Longstreet

Building huts on Christmas Day

On Dec. 21, 1863, a clear and icy cold Monday, Humphreys Mississippi Brigade and the 13th Regiment “left camp at Clinch Gap at 10 a.m. and marched 9 miles to Longs Ferry on the Holston River and camped,” Spartan Band diarist William … Continue reading

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Longstreet relieves McLaws, who is challenged to a duel

The 13th Regiment lost its longtime division commander on Dec. 18, 1863. “Friday. Cloudy and very windy and cold,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded. “General Longstreet today relieved General McLaws from command of this division. “The reasons that … Continue reading

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Withdrawal: Miles of fence on fire

After the failed first-light attack on Fort Sanders, General Burnside offered his old West Point classmate General Longstreet a flag of truce. “The morning being very cold and frosty, and the enemy’s wounded in our ditch and in front of … Continue reading

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The Battle of Fort Sanders

By Nov. 28, 1863, the siege of Knoxville was entering its second week. Longstreet, who had been dithering on the question of where best to attack the Union defenses, had finally settled on one—the red-dirt Fort Sanders (above, looking west) … Continue reading

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The fight at Campbell’s Station

General Burnside’s federal army was retreating to Knoxville. Pursuing them, after crossing the Tennessee River on Nov. 15, General Longstreet divided his two divisions. He accompanied Hood’s Division along the Hotchkiss Valley Road to Lenoir City and sent McLaws’ Division … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Knoxville

Humphreys’ Brigade and the 13th regiment marched to Tyner’s Station, northeast of Chattanooga. The plan was for them to take a train from there northeast to Sweet Water. Indeed, the Confederates had rail transportation almost to  Loudon, two thirds of … Continue reading

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After Chickamauga

After the Battle of Chickamauga, the Union Army of the Cumberland retreated north through the mountain gaps towards Chattanooga, with Bragg’s Army of Tennessee temporarily stalled at Chickamauga. Nevertheless, on Sept. 22, Mississippi Brigade commander General Humphreys dispatched thirty men … Continue reading

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The Journey: Culpeper bound

On Monday, July 20, 1863, the 13th Regiment broke camp at daylight, formed up with the rest of McLaws Division and marched south. It was “a hard day’s march,” the 17th’s Private Robert A. Moore recorded in his diary. “The … Continue reading

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