Stonewall Jackson's Foot Cavalry: Company A, 13th Virginia Infantry

Walbrook D. Swank

  • Stonewall Jackson's Foot Cavalry: Company A, 13th Virginia Infantry

Company A, 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment, known as the Montpelier Guard, was a part of General “Stonewall” Jackson’s famous “Foot Cavalry.” During the war, three of the unit’s commanders were promoted to general, and two of them were killed in battle, namely Lieutenant General Ambrose P. Hill and Brigadier General James B. Terrill. Private George Q. Peyton first served in the Quartermaster and Commissary Departments, but in February 1864 he wanted to get into the excitement and activity of front-line military operations. Since most of the boys in the Rapidan Virginia area of Orange County enlisted in the Montpelier Guard, George did likewise on February 1, 1864. He felt at home among his friends and acquaintances in the unit. “Stonewall” Jackson’s “Foot Cavalry” is the wartime diary of the experiences of George Peyton.

A very pragmatic man, George Peyton often spoke out about things that worried or provoked him. Speaking of the relationship between two general officers he said, “Neither of them was willing to sacrifice his own little self-esteem for the good of his country. As we will see presently, Pride always goes before a fall.’”

When his regiment was ordered to witness an execution of a deserter he wrote, “I saw a sight today I never want to see again, a boy shot for desertion.” And when his brigade was asked to give one day’s ration to the poor in Richmond he said, “But if rags, barefeet, hunger, and money indicate poverty, this army is the poorest yet this side of eternity.”

“This is one of the very best presentations I have read of the army life of an ordinary soldier, told with no pretense of heroics.”

The Rebel Rouser, February 2001

Book
Author Walbrook D. Swank
Pages 180
Images 8
Maps 3
Bibliography Yes
Index Yes
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