Category Archives: The Pettus Guards

Night on the battlefield

The survivors of the Mississippi Brigade retreated in the evening twilight of July 2, 1863, back to the Peach Orchard and the vicinity of the Sherfy farm. More than twenty Rebel cannon were awaiting them there, having moved from Seminary … Continue reading

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A deserter

Fredericksburg, Wednesday, May 13, 1863. Spartan Band diarist William H. Hill wrote: Pettus Guards Private David W. Martin “deserted to the enemy last night by wading the [Rappahannock] river. He is a notorious coward and a scoundrel and was under … Continue reading

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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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To shift for himself with one arm

Pettus Guards Private John McDonald wrote home on April 4, 1863, according to Jess N. McLean’s Official Records. “….well Susan, since I began this letter, one of our company has been discharged. David Malone is the man. “He lost his … Continue reading

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Cold

The skies were clear in Fredericksburg in the early days of 1863 and the temperature was dropping. The weather would prove variable, from a few mild days followed by others of intense cold. On January 4, Private Wilborn P. Smith … 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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Payday, drill and high prices

July 22, 1862. Quartermaster clerk William H. Hill recorded in his diary: “Tuesday. Clear and warm. I commenced making up the payrolls for May and June. The Brigade was reviewed and inspected by Gen. McLaws.” Hill finished paying the regiment … 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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