Category Archives: The Winston Guards

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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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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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 Battle of Fredericksburg

Saturday, Dec. 13, 1862, dawned warm and very foggy on the slopes of Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg. The 13th Regiment and the rest of the Mississippi brigade had slept in line of battle, in the center of the Confederate line. … Continue reading

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In line of battle

The Mississippi Brigade’s Dec. 11, 1862, stand in the town against the advancing Union army was only a sideshow to the approaching big show. The 13th Regiment withdrew with the rest of the brigade that night to the Telegraph Road … Continue reading

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Barksdale’s stand: Glorious or insubordinate?

The U.S. Army’s Center of Military History, has no doubt what happened on Dec. 11, 1862, or of what it meant: “At Fredericksburg, Brig. Gen. William Barksdale’s Mississippians, firing from houses along the river, repeatedly stopped the bridge building. Artillery … Continue reading

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Taking a brother home

Neville Edmonds, captain of the Winston Guards, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Sharpsburg. After much suffering, the 28-year-old lawyer whose family owned 50 slaves, died at Winchester on Oct. 10. Neville’s younger brother, Private James L. Edmonds of … Continue reading

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Battles: Sharpsburg

The Spartan Band’s “boiled meat and crackers” eaten, the 13th and the rest of the Mississippi Brigade marched through the dawn’s early light into the western suburbs of Sharpsburg, Maryland (above), headed for Gen. Lee’s headquarters.It was a clear and … Continue reading

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