Mississippi "High Pressure Brigade" 7th, 9th, 10th, 41st, 44th, 9th Battn SS, Garrity's Arty


Dec 9, 2012
My interest in this brigade in the Army of Tennessee has resulted from my research on the 7th Mississippi Volunteers and culminated in a two volume regimental history, "Lest We Forget-The Immortal Seventh Mississippi". See description at www.7miss.org.

This brigade first fought at Shiloh as part of Withers' command. They were led by Brig. Gen. James R. Chalmers and were in the thick of the battle on the right at the "hornet's nest" and in the final attacks on the batteries on the river at Pittsburgh Landing on the first day. On the second day they were engaged throughout the day until they were ordered from the field. After the battle, General Bragg recognized them as the "High Pressure Brigade" and it stuck with them throughout the war. [Commanded at various times by Patton Anderson, William F. Tucker, and Jacob Sharp]

This Mississippi Brigade never failed to advance when ordered and played significant roles at Munfordville, Murfreesboro (Stones River), Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face-Dalton, Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain-Brushy Mountain, Kolb's Farm, Smyrna Line, Chattahoochee Line, Atlanta (Augusta RR), Ezra Church, Jonesboro, Franklin, and Nashville.

Our desire is to begin collecting both primary and secondary sources relating to the other regiments in the brigade so that we can eventually chronicle the history of each regiment with an end goal being a history of the entire brigade as we did with the 7th Regiment. Hopefully, we can complete this effort in less time than the first book (twelve years).

I say we because there were hundreds of descendants and interested parties who helped gather and decipher all the Official records, diaries, and correspondence for the regimental history of the 7th Mississippi. We have one manuscript in progress for the 41st Mississippi, but are looking for support on the other units.

Since publication in June of 2012, we have continued to receive unpublished letters, originals of letters that had only been available as typed trasncriptions, and an additional 7 photos of soldiers.
We do not intend to stop gathering information on the 7th Mississippi, and are now starting work on Volume III.