Category Archives: Mississippi

The Revivals Continue

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1862, was “clear and very cold” in Fredericksburg, according to Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill. But enthusiasm for the Protestant Christian preaching, more than two months after the Rebels’ great slaughter of the Union forces on … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day

Then and now, Valentine’s Day was celebrated by young Mississippians, particularly the single ones who made up the majority of the 13th Regiment in the spring of 1863. But just as in the spring of 1862, when the regiment was … Continue reading

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Private Jonathon James McDaniel

This post-war picture of the Winston Guards private from Louisville, Mississippi, was recently provided to me by his great, great granddaughter Jo Anzalone. He was in Fredericksburg with the 13th, a young farmer who joined the Guards in May, 1861, … Continue reading

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Furloughs

The senior officers, as usually, took advantage of the winter lull and went home onĀ  furlough. There was controversy over whether the junior officers and privates should enjoy the same privilege. The brigade’s former commander, Gen. D.H. Hill, for instance, … Continue reading

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A slave takes his master home

The bodies of two men of the 13th Mississippi Regiment, left in the town when the brigade withdrew on the evening of Dec. 11, were discovered after Christmas in the rubble of some shelled and destroyed Fredericksburg homes. One was … Continue reading

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Slavery in Mississippi

Map of the 1860 federal census shows the density of slave population in Mississippi—more than most of the other states of the pending Confederacy. The long, L-shaped black figure (center left of the map) extending from the northwest part of … Continue reading

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Replacements

On August 4, 1862, the 13th enlisted thirty-eight replacements for their dead and wounded. The new men, most of them in the late teens and early twenties, enlisted for the war at Brookhaven, Mississippi, south of Jackson. A few of … Continue reading

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Alamutcha Infantry

The Lowe brothers, of the Alamutcha Infantry. John C., a 4th Sergeant, left, and William D., a private, on the right. John’s left arm was amputated at Antietam, and he went home to Mississippi on wounded furlough. William died of … Continue reading

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