Category Archives: Mississippi

The Journey: On to Richmond

It was raining on Tuesday, April 9, 1862, when the 13th and the rest of Griffith’s Brigade broke camp, and packed up. By 10 a.m., reeking of the mud that spattered them, they began boarding the stock cars of an … Continue reading

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Servant/slave cooking

On Jan. 24th, 1862, quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded in his diary that his mess was once again without a servant/slave to cook, serve and cleanup for them. Regimental surgeon Dr. Albert Gallatin Anderson’s servant/slave John “quit cooking for … Continue reading

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Brigadier Gen. Richard Griffith

Griffith was then-Colonel Jefferson Davis’s first lieutenant and adjutant in the Mexican War, where Davis mentioned him for gallantry in several reports. The 47-year-old Jackson banker was a Pennsylvania native, an honor graduate of Ohio University, and a teacher when … Continue reading

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Slave-owning officers of the 13th

I finally found the time to run the names of some of the 13th’s commissioned and non-commissioned officers through the federal 1860 Slave Schedules Census search engine at Ancestry.com I have, so far, found the following slave ownership (or lack … Continue reading

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Brigadier Gen. D.H. Hill

Daniel Harvey Hill, like Evans a South Carolinian, was the hero of Big Bethel, an early skirmish of the war near Fortress Monroe on the Virginia peninsula. Also like Evans, Hill was a West Point graduate. But the brother-in-law of … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Pvt. Nimrod Newton Nash of the Minutemen of Attala was apparently recovering at the Carter’s Mill camp from his slight wounding at Ball’s Bluff on Oct. 21 while the rest of the regiment remained at Fort Evans: Carter’s Mill, Nov. … Continue reading

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Jews in the 13th

Mississippi’s Jewish population began to grow in the late 19th Century, principally in the central part of the state, eventually reaching¬† a community of about 1,500 in the Delta alone. But there had always been some Jews. And, so, Dr. … Continue reading

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Correspondence

Newt Nash wrote Mollie on Sept. 28 from the 13th’s new camp at Balls Mill: Dearest One, In haste I write you a few lines by [her brother] Charles who is going to start for attalla to get our winter … Continue reading

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