Category Archives: Humpreys Mississippi Brigade

Desertions reached epidemic proportions

S.A. Gerald of Matagorda, Texas, wrote Confederate Veteran magazine after the war: “…for two or three months [in 1865]…I was on detail on the ‘dead line,’ on duty at night, the only object being to catch any who might desert to the Yankees.” … 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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The Journey: Return to Richmond

First Corps artillery chief Gen. Edward Porter Alexander recalled in his post-war memoir that “Kershaw’s division was recalled from the Valley early in November [1864] and rejoined our corps on the north side of the James [river].” The actual return … Continue reading

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The 13th resumes command of the brigade

Among the Confederates who were seriously wounded in the Cedar Creek battle was Major George Bruce Gerald, the brigade’s commander. Gerald, former commander of the brigade’s 18th Mississippi Regiment had replaced the wounded Gen. Humphreys as brigade commander after the … Continue reading

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Billed for a lost weapon

Further evidence of the 13th’s participation in the rout of General Early’s demoralized troops after the Battle of Cedar Creek was uncovered by independent historian Jess McLean. He found a notation on the records of Private Henry Francis Carr of … Continue reading

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The Valley laid waste

Gen. Early’s loss at Third Winchester opened the Shenandoah Valley to Union destruction and Gen. Sheridan lost no time in dispatching his troops south to lay waste the land and the harvest Early’s troops had been protecting. Sheridan reported setting … 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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Skirmishing around Wincester

This late in the war, Confederate records are sparse, and details few, but the 13th regiment seems to have missed the Aug. 16, 1864, fight at Guard Hill near Front Royal. There, Wofford’s Brigade of Georgians was surprised by Union … Continue reading

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