Little Bull Run Uniforms: 11th Mississippi Infantry

16 12 2016

Yesterday on the Bull Runnings Facebook page I shared this older post of an example of uniforms of units present at First Bull Run by artist Bartek Drejewicz. I had meant to share others of his (besides these), but one thing led to another…So, without further ado, see here the magnificent 11th Mississippi Infantry, two companies of which were in Barnard Bee’s brigade. Our girl wears the uniform of Co. A, the University Grays, so she must have been an early co-ed at Ole  Miss, whose student body, along with some faculty, enlisted in the company nearly en masse. She carries a wooden canteen (probably because she’s hot), wears a Hardee hat, and sports stiletto brogans. If she’s not applying gloss or injecting collagen, she’s in position number three, “Tear Cartridge,” of the ten step loading and firing process.

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Here is another example of the third step, from the monument to the 45th PA at Antietam:

Yeah, she’s holding that musket incorrectly. Can you forgive her?

See here for a story on the 11th’s flag, which currently resides at the wrong national park.


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16 12 2016
Susan Evelyn McDowell Cole

I can see you are in a very good mood Harry. Stillettos??? Oh boy! If you were an actual army Corps commander your Corps would be cussing you out as they limped along in the stilletos!

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16 12 2016
Pat Gonsman

I’m sure she’s probably too short to load it properly…..😀

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16 12 2016
Harry Smeltzer

I was thinking the same thing.

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17 12 2016
Meg Groeling

You gentlemen could probably just help her a little . . .

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