Category Archives: Jess N. McLean

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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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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Visiting a 13th soldier’s Richmond grave

Texan Weldon Nash, Jr., whose ancestor Nimrod Newton Nash wrote so many of the good letters in this digital regimental until he was killed at Gettysburg, recently visited the Richmond grave of Henry T. Nash, another Minute Men private. Henry, … Continue reading

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Battles: Cold Harbor

On the night of May 31, 1864, the First Corps, including the 13th Mississippi Regiment, marched for Cold Harbor. Plans called for getting onto Grant’s left flank and rolling it up while the rest of Lee’s army attacked Grant’s front. … Continue reading

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A deserter

Independent regiment historian Jess N. McLean found a letter concerning the desertion of a private in the Winston Guards. It was written on May 29, 1864, by the Rhode Island Military Commandant in Washington City to Colonel  A.D. Prather, commander … Continue reading

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Thirteenth private buried at Arlington

Sometime in about May, 1864, a private from the Lauderdale Zouaves who had been captured by the Union was buried on a hillside near Washington City. Private Michael Quinn was an unmarried 35-year-old “ditcher” when he enlisted at Lauderdale Station … Continue reading

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One deserter and two patriots

The fortunes of the regiment and, indeed, the Confederacy, were declining in the spring of 1864, but the men were affected in different ways, according to records gathered by independent historian Jess N. McLean. Professor T. Dwight Nutting, leader of … Continue reading

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Just 208 men left in the 13th Regiment

Captain Hugh D. Cameron, originally of the Alamutcha Infantry, was temporarily commanding the regiment on March 8, 1864. Cameron was a 17-year-old unmarried student when he enlisted in March, 1861. Cameron was substituting for Major George LaValle Donald, who had … Continue reading

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