Unit History – 13th Mississippi Infantry

23 05 2022

Completed its organization at Corinth, Mississippi, in May, 1861. Its members were raised in the counties of Lauderdale, Winston, Wayne, Attala, Newton, Chickasaw, Kemper, and Clarke. Ordered to Virginia it saw action at First Manassas and Leesburg, and in April, 1862, totalled 640 effectives. The unit was brigaded under Generals Griffith, Barksdale, and Humphreys, Army of Northern Virginia. It fought with the army from the Seven Days’ Battles to Cold Harbor, except when it was with Longstreet at Chickamauga and Knoxville. After participating in Early’s operations in the Shenandoah Valley, the 13th shared in various conflicts around Appomattox. It was organized with 1,200 men and sustained 7 casualties at Leesburg and 135 during the Seven Days’ Battles. It lost thirty-one percent of the 202 engaged at Sharpsburg, had 8 killed, 59 wounded, and 14 missing at Fredericksburg, and of the 481 at Gettysburg, thirty-four percent were disabled. Many were captured at Sayler’s Creek, and 4 officers and 81 men surrendered on April 9, 1865. The field officers were Colonels William Barksdale, James W. Carter, and Kennon McElroy; Lieutenant Colonels John M. Bradley, Alfred G. O’Brien, and M. Whitaker; and Majors George L. Donald and Isham Harrison.

From Joseph H. Crute, Jr., Units of the Confederate States Army, pp. 174-175


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