July , of course, was the month when the Union Army took control of Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi. The Mississippi Marine Brigade began the month at Goodrich’s Landing in Louisiana under the command of Col. Alfred Ellett causing disturbances to keep additional Confederate troops away from Vicksburg. George tells of the … Continue reading
During the month of June, the Mississippi Marine Brigade spent most of the time around Vicksburg. Several times during their time here, they mentioned being at Snyder’s Bluff. So on a recent trip to Mississippi, I attempted to drive to Snyder’s Bluff by following signs along the road. This is the road I ended up … Continue reading
Discover how Private George Painter, a Civil War soldier from Richland County, Ohio spent 1863 in the Mississippi Marine Brigade. George faithfully wrote in his diary every day during 1863 to report on his military service. It all begins when General Alfred W. Ellet organizes the brigade and finds that he needs more men for … Continue reading
George Painter was born on April 2, 1842 to Hamilton and Matilda Painter. He grew up on a farm in Richland County, Ohio. He was named for his father’s brother. George had five brothers and one sister and the family attended the local Methodist Episcopal Church. When the call for volunteers came in 1862, George … Continue reading
“Life in the Mississippi Marine Brigade” has finally been published after a couple years of research, writing, and rewriting. The book is based on a diary of George Painter for the year 1863. The story begins when my son had the opportunity to purchase the diary through his antique business. Since he knows that mom … Continue reading
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