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History of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry

by Dr. Sidney W. Bondurant

Mississippi Civil War Battlefield Commission; Department of Archives & History

This study was inspired by my grandfather, Francis Marion Wiggins, who personally knew all of my ancestors who fought in the 33rd Mississippi Infantry. His stories of shaking hands with Uncle George -- or rather shaking two fingers with Uncle George since the Yankees shot off half his hand -- and all the other tales he told me as a youth and young man started my lifelong interest in the American Civil War.

[ Chapter I | Chapter II | Chapter III | Chapter IV | Chapter V | Chapter VI | Chapter VII | Chapter VIII ]

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History of the 33rd Mississippi Infantry is copyrighted by S. W. Bondurant.

   Battle flag of the 33rd Mississippi infantry. Captured at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia. Returned to Mississippi around 1915 and now preserved at the state archives.
 Sign on the old Graysport road, near Grenada, MS. During December of 1862 the 33rd camped nearby in preparation for Grant. However, due to events in Coffeeville and Holly Springs MS, Grant's push through central Mississippi was halted.
 Corporal Samuel Francis Bondurant, Company D (Canebrake Rifle Guards, Uniontown, AL), 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Army of Northern Virginia. Wounded on 2 July 1863 during Hood's assault on Little Round Top, Gettysburg, PA. Disabled for the rest of his life. Died in 1889 in Uniontown, AL, and is buried there only a few feet from a U. D. C. memorial to the men of the Canebrake Rifle Guards. Great-great uncle to Sid Bondurant.
 Lt. Col. James William Bondurant. From Buckingham County, VA. Migrated to Gallion, (Marengo County), AL, just before the war. Enlisted in the Jeff Davis Alabama Artillery as a sergeant but was soon elected Captain of the battery.
Mentioned for bravery in action at Fredericksburg and then served as chief of artillery for Gen. Daniel Harvey Hill, having been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Being a staff officer for Harvey Hill could be dangerous work since Gen.Hill was a devout Presbyterian and felt that predestination had determined that he would not be hurt during the war. Thus, he frequently exposed himself and his staff to enemy fire. Wounded at McLemore's Cove, GA, during one of these forays.
He moved to New Orleans after the war and died there of yellow fever in 1867.

Note of Thanks:

I would like to thank many friends who have worked with me and helped to make this possible.
Many thanks to Elbert Hilliard, Jack Elliott, Jr., Jim Woodrick, and Grady Howell from the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History; Terry Winschel from the Vicksburg National Military Park; Stan Dearman of the Neshoba Democrat; Rosemary Williams of the Siege and Battle Commission of Corinth; and the two guys who made this web site possible, Don Sides of Oxford and Coffeeville, MS and my oldest Morgan Bondurant of Starkville, MS. Morgan is studying B.I.S. and History at Mississippi State University.

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