Category Archives: The Commanders

Hurry up and wait

July 1, 1863, was the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg—in which a Confederate division under General Henry C. Heth, approaching Gettysburg in a recon-in-force, collided with a Union cavalry screen. For Barksdale’s Brigade, camped at Greenwood, about fourteen … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to Pennsylvania

“The Division left camp at 3 a.m. and commenced the march for Maryland,” Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded on Wednesday, June 24, 1863. “The whole army is in motion for the enemy’s country,” 17th Regiment diarist Robert A. … Continue reading

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The Journey: On to the Blue Ridge

The regiment left the vicinity of Culpeper Court House at first light on June 16, 1863, heading northward on the Sperryville Turnpike. It was a Tuesday, and the weather was clear and very warm. “The men have 3 days cooked … Continue reading

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Gen. Barksdale’s new horse

Fredericksburg, Saturday, May 16, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill recorded: “A horse, belonging to the Yankee army, swam the river this morning to our lines.” Independent historian Jess N. McLean noted that Gen. Barksdale took the horse for … Continue reading

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The death of Stonewall

Monday, May 11, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote: “Lt. General T.J. Jackson died near Guinea [Guiney’s] Station at 2 o’clock last evening from wounds received in the battle of the 3rd inst near Chancellorsville. His body will … Continue reading

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Burnside is Lee’s Quartermaster

Private William Little Davis, of the Winston Guards,  wrote a long letter home to Louisville, MS, according to independent historian Jess N. McLean. On Friday, Dec. 19, 1862, Davis was still finishing it, on picket duty in Fredericksburg, “in the … Continue reading

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The Northern Lights

Many authors of fact and fiction about the Battle of Fredericksburg have written about the startling appearance of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, in the sky the bitterly cold night of Sunday, Dec. 14, 1862, when the battlefield below … Continue reading

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Aftermath

The battlefield was again foggy, but also with a smoky mist from the previous day’s fighting, as well as very quiet on the morning of Dec. 14, 1862—except for the pitiful groans and cries for water from the Union wounded, … Continue reading

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