Category Archives: The Kemper Legion

The 13th at Old Capitol Prison and Fort Delaware

Of the sixteen soldiers of the 13th Mississippi who were captured on Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg on May 3, 1863, fourteen were sent to the Old Capitol Prison in Washington City, according to Jess N. McLean. He lists them as … Continue reading

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Colonel Carter’s report

On Dec. 28, 1862, Col. John W. Carter, commanding the 13th Regiment at Fredericksburg, wrote the following report to Gen. Barksdale of the regiment’s fight on Dec. 11: GENERAL: In accordance with your order, I marched my regiment, at about … Continue reading

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Among the dead

More than forty years after the war, Robert Stiles, the Richmond Howitzers’ memoirist, recalled that the bloody defeat at Malvern Hill in 1862 depressed much of the gray army. “The demoralization was great and the evidences of it palpable everywhere. … Continue reading

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Reorganization

Still confronting the enemy on the Warwick, the army was reorganized on April 26, 1862 with a new election of commissioned and non-commissioned officers. In the 13th, at least, each company also got a new alphabetical designator which determined its … 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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Decimated by disease

From early June, 1861, when the 13th Regiment left Mississippi for their camp of instruction at Union City in northwestern Tennessee, through their journey to Virginia and their July 21 blooding at First Manassas, and on, three months later, to … 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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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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