April: After being
organized and field officers elected in Grenada, MS., the 33rd
was assigned to Brig. Gen. S.A.M. Wood's 3rd brigade, Army of
June: They were
assigned to Brig. Gen. J. B. Villepigue's command --- part of Maj. Gen.
Mansfield Lovell's 1st Division. On the 12th, while still in Grenada,
there were 669 present and 310 absent. The only arms they had were "379
August: Co. C and
perhaps others were ordered to Port Hudson, LA to reinforce Maj. Gen. J.
C. Breckinridge's command.
September: The troops were in camp in north Mississippi.
Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn, commander of the Army of West Tennessee
marched his forces to Pocahontas on the 1st, and then moved southeast
Pvt. M.V. Kees (Co. C) wrote in his diary that on the 2nd they,
"Started at 6 o'clock in the morning, marched on until 6 in the evening
and came to where the Yanks was camped and we ran them away from their
camp and camped their ourselves."
The following day Kees continued, "We marched towards Corinth,
driving the pickets in. They commenced fighting soon in the morning and
fought all day; and we have driven the Yanks back."
Lt. R.H. Crozier, commanding
Co. I, stated, "We were ordered (on the 3rd) to charge the enemy's
works at a certain point on the Memphis & Charleston RR...with empty
guns and without bayonets. The foe ingloriously and hastily retreated
before we reached the breastworks."
In his report Villepigue
said, "I wish to mention for conspicuous gallantry Col. D.W. Hurst,
Thirty-third Mississippi Regiment, who drove the enemy from their
intrenchments at the head of his regiment with empty guns."
On the 4th, Kees reported, "We commenced fighting about 4 in the
morning and fought all day until 4 o'clock in the evening and we had to
retreat back about 10 miles that evening."
Losses of the 33rd.
By the 10th, the regiment had reached Holly Springs. Four days later
they moved to Coldwater and "went into camp".
November: They evacuated Holly Springs and fell back to Abbeville, where they
remained for the rest of the month.
December: On the 1st,
they began their march to Grenada, and went into winter camp on the 8th.
On Christmas Eve, the troops had a general review for President
All photographs of Generals on this page are
believed to be in the Public Domain.
For more information see
Dr. Sidney W. Bondurant's
of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry