Many boys of the 14th MS viewed this flag as they went to their deaths at Franklin

“Big Andy” was my gg grandad.

The Civil War Gazette

The 14th MS fought with Adams’s Brigade, Loring’s Division. The 14th faced heavy casualties near the Cotton Gin. As the 14th MS assaulted the Union line at the Gin, the colors displayed a picture of Lady Liberty holding a picture of Jefferson Davis.

The 14th also fought with: 6th, 15th, 20th, 23dand 43d Mississippi regiments. Many boys from the 14th MS are buried at McGavock. One wonder show many young men and boys saw this flag emblem in the final moments of their lives as the died on the Franklin battlefield.

There are at least ten young men from the 14th MS buried at McGavock Cemetery.

There’s a fascinating story behind this particular emblem/patch see below. Color Bearer Andrew S. Payne of the 14th Mississippi cut this emblem away from the rest of the flag when the 14th surrendered at Ft. Donelson and sewed the patch into the interior lining…

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Gallant Sons of Mississippi: The 21st Mississippi Infantry at the Battle of Savage Station, Virginia

Mississippians in the Confederate Army

As the sun dipped low in the Virginia sky and the shadows lengthened over the Savage Station battlefield, the 21st Mississippi Infantry quickened their pace and raced the dying light, desperate to make contact with their enemies in blue before darkness ended the killing that day.

The Mississippians were spoiling for a fight – the regiment had been organized in the summer of 1861, and during their year of service the men had yet to be engaged in combat against the Union army.[1]

Any thoughts the men might have had that darkness was about to rob them of another chance to see the elephant abruptly ended as a regiment of blue-clad soldiers emerged from a pine thicket and “formed a line as accurately as though done with a tape line.”[2]

Although lacking combat experience, the 21st was well trained, and an expertly directed volley…

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Lamar Fontaine, Chief of Scouts under Stonewall Jackson, writes of a successful escape from Union soldiers

G R A P E V I N E D I S P A T C H E S

Ms Letter by Lamar Fontaine, Chief of Scouts under Stonewall Jackson Ms Letter by Lamar Fontaine, Chief of Scouts under Stonewall Jackson

…Not a great way from Lancaster…I made by escape through an enlargement in the boxcar…and landed in a snow bank that buried me out of site. And that nite I “captured” a beautiful little mare and made my way…and rejoined my command near “Mine Run” in Virginia, and she was shot and killed on May 8th, 1864.

– Lamar Fontaine, 2nd Virginia cavalry

Excerpted from Cowan’s Auctions, Ms Letter by Lamar Fontaine, Chief of Scouts under Stonewall Jackson

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author of All Quiet Along the Potomac, and Confederate States Medal of Honor winner. ALs, 3pp, Lyon, Mississippi, 1898, written on Fontaine and Sons Surveyors and Civil Engineers lettersheets, accompanied by a clipped newspaper copy of “All Quiet” with annotations in Fontaine’s hand, and signed at the bottom by the author.

In this post-war remembrance, Fontaine relates a…

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Barksdale Remembered: A Georgia “High Private” Reflects on Gettysburg

The Blog of Gettysburg National Military Park

From primary sources such as letters, diaries, and memoirs, to a volume of secondary studies on almost every aspect of the field, Gettysburg is possibly the most widely documented battle in the Civil War.  Barring a miracle, our understanding of the “big picture” is not going to change.  This leaves to Gettysburg buffs those small kernels of new information that do not change our knowledge of the battle, but simply adds more color to what we already know -such is the case with William Barksdale and his Mississippi brigade.

Image William Barksdale, a politician turned soldier, led a brigade of 1,600 Mississippians against the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg, July 2nd, 1863.

Hailing from Tennessee, William Barksdale attended the University of Nashville, later becoming a lawyer in Columbus, Mississippi.  He branched off into journalism and became the editor of the Columbus Democrat.  In 1852, Barksdale gained election to the United States…

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We Have a Winner!

Mississippians in the Confederate Army

I had a number of entries in the contest to choose the subject of my next blog

16th Miss. Inf. Private Silas A. Shirley, Company H, 16th Mississippi Infantry (Library of Congress)

article, and I am happy to say we have a winner! I put all of the entries in my old reenacting hat, and my daughter Sarah picked the winning entry. Without further ado, the subject of my next blog post will be the 16th Mississippi Infantry! I had multiple entries for this regiment, so I know there will be a number of people happy tonight. The 16th Mississippi Infantry compiled a notable war record with the Army of Northern Virginia, and was, in fact, the only Mississippi unit to serve under General Stonewall Jackson. I am looking forward to writing about the 16th Mississippi, and I plan to have the article finished before the end of the month.

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