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The Thirteenth and the birth of the battle flag

The Thirteenth Mississippi’s supporting role in the battle of Fort Sanders was preceded by its supporting role in the birth of the Confederate battle flag. The Seventh Louisiana Regiment led Colonel Jubal Early’s brigade onto the Manassas battlefield on July … Continue reading

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Private Romy Lowe

In some cases of fictitious people in the novel, I used altered names of real, historical people. Thus my Private Romy Lowe of the Thirteenth Mississippi’s Minutemen of Attala was taken from the real Lowe brothers of the regiment. I … Continue reading

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East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad

Its roadbed, somewhat elevated from the surrounding terrain, gave the novel’s Private Bird Clark and his fictional cousin, the historical Lt. Col. Alfred George Washington O’Brien, a convenient place from which to view Fort Sanders. Although, unfortunately, not enough of … Continue reading

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Housewife

The novel’s Thirteenth Mississippi Private Romy Lowe’s personal sewing (and other “domestic chores”) kit, called a “housewife,” might have looked like this fancy one belonging to Lewis Tway, of Co. K, 147th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. From the special … Continue reading

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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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News from Confederate Veteran

This is from the magazine’s September, 1902 edition. Late news even then, and I have no idea why they ran it, but it tells where our Lt. Col. O’Brien was nine months after the Battle of Fort Sanders—a Confederate POW. … Continue reading

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Bird Clark’s quest for an envelope

Remains to be seen whether Pvt. Clark of the 13th 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. This new book about … Continue reading

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News from Confederate Veteran

From the September, 1895 edition of the magazine: “How indeed ‘all the world is akin!’ The widow of Gov. W. G. Brownlow, conspicuous for many years in Tennessee, especially in reconstruction times, still lives in their well-known residence in Knoxville. … Continue reading

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