Category Archives: Gen. Lafayette McLaws

Depression

Perhaps thinking of the deserters recently rounded up by soldiers of his division, Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife Emily on August 14 of the depression events had caused in some Confederates. “The condition of our affairs is calculated to … Continue reading

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Orange Court House

Gen. Lafayette McLaws had his division headquarters at Orange Court House, south of the Rapidan River. There he wrote his wife, Emily, on August 12, 1863, that he had camped in the yard and on the premises of a farmer … 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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Five days of rest, more or less

The brigade left its camp at sunrise on Wednesday, July 15, 1863, and marched thirteen miles, passing through Martinsburg. They finally camped at Bunker Hill, a hamlet beside the Winchester Pike, on Mill Creek, a tributary of Opequan Creek. The … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade’s division commander Gen. Lafayette McLaws wrote his wife, Emily, from his Hagerstown, Maryland headquarters on Tuesday, July 7. “Since I wrote you last we have had a series of terrible engagements out of which God has permitted … Continue reading

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Preparing to attack

Barksdale’s Mississippi Brigade formed in the Pitzer Woods on Seminary Ridge, behind a low stone wall in the late afternoon of July 2, 1863. It was a clear and warm Thursday. “…the order was given to ‘strip for the fight,’ … Continue reading

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Hurry up and wait

July 1, 1863, was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg—in which a Confederate division under General Henry C. Heth, approaching Gettysburg in a recon-in-force, collided with a Union cavalry screen. For Barksdale’s Brigade, camped at Greenwood, about fourteen … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Pennsylvania

“The Division left camp at 3 a.m. and commenced the march for Maryland,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 1863. “The whole army is in motion for the enemy’s country,” 17th Regiment diarist Robert A. … Continue reading

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