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Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Sep 2009 7:36 p.m. PST


Come on out and watch, or come early and register and sign up…we need more troops on both sides, but right now, it's gonna be a yankee fest.

I'll probably end up dying as usual holding the line….

Hope to see y'all there…

Co. A 33rd VA

Company D Miniatures Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2009 4:25 a.m. PST

Hi Murphy

Looking at your 33rd Va website there was a lot of people in the original company that deserted in 1862- was this due to anything in particular or was desertion more common in those days?

Phil Murphy

Custer7thcav Inactive Member26 Sep 2009 1:57 p.m. PST

Hey Murph,

I was with Tayolor's Battery, 1st Illinois Light artillery Battery B back in the late 80's, early 90's.

Maybe we saw one another across the smokey fields of battle?

Best of luck in the reenactment this weekend.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Sep 2009 7:19 p.m. PST

Desertion was VERY high on both sides…the sad part is the the 33rd Virginia was left kind of "orphaned" as the region that it hailed from became "West Virginia".

I've been reading about a Texas Unit and a Tennessee Unit that had desertions run as high as 60% but usually "stayed" around the 30% mark…

Someitmes men would just leave "for a while"…check on families, crops, etc…and the rejoin back up later on.

As things got ugly towards the end more of the men saw the writing on the wall, and did what they could to stay alive and go home…

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