Category Archives: Thomas David Wallace Diary

The Journey: Marching On

On a cool and clear Wednesday, March 19, the regiment broke camp and marched twelve miles along the tracks of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad and camped there, a mile from the Rapidan River. Winston Guards Thomas D. Wallace diary: … Continue reading

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The Journey: the retreat continues

The 13th marched on through Middleburg to pick up its tents and baggage and, after an additional 16 miles, camped Saturday night at White Plains on the Manassas Gap Railroad. They resumed marching south the next morning, March 9th, this … Continue reading

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March(es) to battle

Historians have characterized the Battle of Leesburg/Ball’s Bluff in different ways since it was fought on Oct. 21-22, 1861. But all agree that it was a disaster for the Union—a particularly embarrassing one coming three months after their losses at … Continue reading

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The “sick regiment” continues ill

The Leesburg assignment was supposed to help the 13th recover from its outbreaks of measles, pneumonia and typhoid fever. Instead, the crowding of men unused to crowding and with low immunity meant the outbreaks of contagious disease continued as August … Continue reading

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The “sick regiment”

On August 1, the regiment moved four miles northeast from its post-battle camp near the Stone Bridge to Centreville. A week later, illness had so overtaken the 13th that Pvt. Thomas D. Wallace of the Winston Guards wrote: “All of … Continue reading

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The 13th after First Manassas

Private Henley of Co. K (H), The Spartan Band, was chosen for picket that night [July 21] on the battlefield “though by good fortune I was not required to stand.” They were camped in the open several miles from where … Continue reading

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The 13th at First Manassas

Arriving on the Confederate left, after 3 p.m. Gen. Early directed his brigade into line: the 7th Virginia on the right, the 13th Mississippi in the middle, and the 7th Louisiana on the left. To their left was Col. J.E.B. … Continue reading

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March to battle

Sunday, July 21, 1861. The men rose at dawn from their blankets on the ground at Manassas Junction to the sound of cannon and rifles in the distance. They grabbed what breakfast they could find, or went without. Thomas David … Continue reading

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