Category Archives: Mike M. Hubbert Diary

The Journey: the retreat continues

The 13th marched on through Middleburg to pick up its tents and baggage and, after an additional 16 miles, camped Saturday night at White Plains on the Manassas Gap Railroad. They resumed marching south the next morning, March 9th, this … Continue reading

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The Journey: Scorched earth

On March 6, 1862, a Thursday, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, commander of the Rebel armies in Virginia, ordered their withdrawal from Northern Virginia. Johnston, anticipating a Union move on Richmond, was indulging his preference for defensive operations by bringing his … Continue reading

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First Christmas in Virginia

The 13th regiment’s run-up to the 1861 holiday was dreary, enlivened only by night work on the dirt forts near Leesburg (night work because day work attracted snipers from across the Potomac), cold weather with occasional sleet, and false alarms … Continue reading

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Spies in the sky

Thaddeus Lowe, chief aeronaut of the fledgling Union Army Balloon Corps, had been making preliminary flights throughout the fall of 1861 to observe Confederate troop positions. On Saturday, Dec. 14, from a base he’d established on the Maryland shore near … Continue reading

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Aftermath of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff

The Seventh Brigade was reinforced on Oct. 23, the day the Yankees withdrew their thousands of soldiers from the Virginia shore at Edwards Ferry. The Second Virginia, Fifth South Carolina and Eighth Louisiana regiments came up from Manassas, as well … Continue reading

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The Minutemen’s report

Following is the after-action report of Captain Lorenzo D. Fletcher, commander of the Minutemen of Attala—the only company of the 13th regiment that fought at Ball’s Bluff—to Col. William Barksdale, commanding the regiment. Remember that our letter-writer Nimrod Newton Nash … Continue reading

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The 13th at Ball’s Bluff and Edwards Ferry

The 13th regiment spent an uncomfortable Sunday, Oct. 20, entrenched at Goose Creek on the Leesburg turnpike near Edwards Ferry. They were wet from drizzling rain, cold without the blankets they had left with their baggage at Fort Evans and … Continue reading

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Leesburg: Hubbert’s diary

Private Mike M. Hubbert, of the Minutemen of Attala, went home sick from the camp of instruction at Union City, TN, in June, 1861. He returned to the regiment at Leesburg in September: “I took the cars at West [MS] … Continue reading

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