It's time to announce a new web page is up at my website 13thmass.org. This page covers the period in the regiments' history from June, 1862, through August 9, and the battle of Cedar Mountain.
Here is the link: http://13thmass.org/1862/pope.html
President Lincoln created the Army of Virginia in late June, and placed Major- General John Pope in command. The 13th Mass. Vols., served in Hartsuff's Brigade, Rickett's Division, McDowell's Corps, within the structure of this new force.
It is interesting that I found the following quote in one of the first letters I posted, given by a contraband, (taken in by members of the 13th Mass Band):
"Taint always de man that makes the most talk dat gots da most sense."It seemed a fitting description of General Pope himself, although given in answer to a question on a totally un-related subject. I placed the quote at the top of the page.
Beginning with Cedar Mountain, things really began to get hot for the regiment, in terms of seeing some real action. Its a challenge to summarize it briefly and accurately. Hopefully I got it right.