Category Archives: Seventeenth Mississippi

John Calvin Fiser

Colonel Fiser led the Seventeenth Mississippi Regiment in the attack on Fort Sanders, losing an arm from a point-blank Yankee pistol shot while trying to cut down the flag pole the Seventy-Ninth New York Cameron Highlanders had erected on the … Continue reading

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Attacking in column

The decimated Phillips Georgia Legion and the Seventeenth Mississippi led the two columns of Rebel infantry that attacked Fort Sanders. The arrangement, with the PGL at the head of the left column and the 17th leading the right one, was … Continue reading

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Reprise: Camp Chase Prison

In the novel, as in history, Thirteenth Mississippi Lt. Col. Alfred George Washington O’Brien was captured in Fort Sanders. His older sister, Elisa, the wife of radical Unionist Parson William Brownlow, had the privilege of nursing his minor wounds in … Continue reading

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Who led the attack?

Depending on whose recollections you read, either the Thirteenth Mississippi or the Seventeenth Mississippi regiment led the right-hand column in the charge on the Northwest Bastion. Dunbar Rowland in the Military History of Mississippi, 1803-1898, says it was the Thirteenth. … Continue reading

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