Category Archives: Thirteenth Mississippi

Memorized poetry

The Civil War was fought at the beginning of an age in which memorizing and declaiming popular poetry was fashionable among even those with minimal educations. This was, after all, a time of limited entertainment when, as an ancestor of … Continue reading

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Camp Chase, the fiddle tune

Camp Chase, a Union prisoner-of-war camp in Ohio, took several of the captured Rebels from the Battle of Fort Sanders, including the 13th Mississippi’s Lieutenant Colonel Alfred George Washington O’Brien. The POW camp already had, by tradition anyhow, a fiddler … Continue reading

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New history: an error and an argument

There’s a new history on the Battle of Fort Sanders, one of the few ever written. It’s Lincoln Memorial University historian Earl J. Hess’s 2012 The Knoxville Campaign: Burnside and Longstreet in East Tennessee. I bought a copy to see if … Continue reading

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Reprise: Bird Clark’s quest for an envelope

Remains to be seen whether Pvt. Clark of the Thirteenth Mississippi (Chapter Two, The Mississippi Brigade) would have found writing paper with an envelope like one of these, had his unit been successful at Fort Sanders. If he’d “captured” a … Continue reading

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TheThirteenth Regiment was seriously whittled

Within four months of the attack on Fort Sanders, one of the attacking regiments, whose roster had totaled more than 1,000 men at the start of the war, had been seriously whittled. Captain Hugh D. Cameron, originally of the Alamutcha … Continue reading

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Reprise: “…the only real night charge we ever made.”

Two of the Mississippi Brigade’s regiments, the 18th and the 21st, were charged with driving in the Union pickets the night before the dawn assault on Fort Sanders by the 17th and 13th regiments. After the war, 18th regiment Captain Wiley Gart … Continue reading

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General McLaws’ court martial

Although convened in February, 1864, McLaws’ court martial for dereliction of duty in the assault on Fort Sanders at Knoxville, was on-again, off-again, for the next several weeks. Finally, on March 11, the trial commenced at a private home in … Continue reading

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General Humphreys’ honorable mention

General Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, commander of the Mississippi Brigade after the death at Gettysburg of its fiery brigadier General William Barksdale, wasn’t as aggressive as his predecessor. In fact, in the first big battle of his command, Chickamauga, Humphreys played … Continue reading

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