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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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The Union crosses into a fight

The 13th and 18th Mississippi regiments were awakened well before sunrise on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1862. They formed in the dark on Marye’s Heights. Then they were rushed down to the city where Union engineers were attempting to throw three … Continue reading

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Lull before the storm

On Dec. 9, 1862, a Tuesday, the 13th remained in camp on Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg with the 18th Regiment. The 21st and the 17th regiments went back down to the city on picket duty. The 17th Regiment’s Private Robert … Continue reading

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On picket in the town

On Nov. 25, 1862, a Tuesday, Barksdale’s brigade made the first of several abortive trips from their camp on the Heights into Fredericksburg for picket duty. It was raining. “Can see the enemy pickets just across the river,” the 17th … Continue reading

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Women & children flying from bombardment

“Scarcely had we reached our camping ground,” Spartan Band Private Albert Wymer Henley wrote of the 13th’s arrival near Fredericksburg on Nov. 20, 1862, “when our Regiment and the 17th were detailed to go to town to move some commissaries.” … Continue reading

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Pvt William Washington Durr

The final notation on Private Durr’s service records reads, “A true patriot and a brave and uncomplaining soldier.” He was killed in Fredericksburg, during the 13th’s December, 1862, stand in the streets of the town barring the crossing of the … Continue reading

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