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Bankhead's Battery Official

52 minutes 54 seconds ago

News coming in from Pvt. Hunter of Signal Corps:

Brice’s Crossroads/Mississippi Stands
“Today’s battle has been cancelled.”

Mother Nature obviously wreaked havoc with the battlefield, itself, leaving the ground unsafe to skirmish on.

For those that came out to witness the action...thanks so much for attending!

Pvt. Elkins
Signal Corps

Bankhead's Battery Official

20 hours 26 minutes ago

Reports coming in direct from Captain Cohea:

“Confederate forces engaged the Yankees outside the town of Corinth today. We set our guns on the ridge south and opened at 2:00.
Our Infantry and cavalry engaged them driving them back into the town when they retired for the day.”

As more comes in we will be sure to post.

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Bankhead's Battery Official

1 day 17 hours ago

More photos came in from today’s battle.
Waiting for the enemy to advance upon the hill.
Waiting to mow them down....

Bankhead's Battery Official

2 days 50 minutes ago

Information is now coming in from the Battery from Brice’s Crossroads.

“Mississippi Stands” is now underway. An early photo shows the beginning of the Confederate infantry taking the field.
As more photos come in, we’ll keep everyone back home (or en route to the action) posted.

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Bankhead's Battery Official

1 month 1 week ago

The 2018 campaign is quickly approaching! The Battery has discussed the events for the coming season and it looks like it’s going to go a little something like this:

•Brice Crossroads “Mississippi Stands” - February 25-28

•Mid-South Military History & Civil War show, Memphis, TN
-March 3-4

•Shiloh Park – April 7

•Fort Pillow – April 14th (unconfirmed)

•Sacramento, KY– May 18

•Resaca, GA - May 18

•Memorial Park Cemetery – May 28

•155th Gettysburg – July 5,6,7,8

•Starlight Symphony Jackson, TN-TBA

•Cedar Hill Farms – TBA

•Columbus-Belmont, KY– Oct. 12 -14

•Parker’s Crossroad – November 10 & 11

Dates are subject to change and as we have them confirmed, we’ll post here on the Facebook page! See you there!!!

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1 month 3 weeks ago

Bankhead's Battery Official shared Mid-South Military History & Civil War Show's post.

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2 months 2 weeks ago

Bankhead’s Battery is resting over the winter, but we’re going over the proposed dates for next year as we post this! If anyone has any requests or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Don’t forget to check us out on instagram as well!
For now we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

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2 months 2 weeks ago

.....baby it’s cold outside🎶

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3 months 3 weeks ago

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5 months 1 week ago

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5 months 3 weeks ago

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6 months 1 week ago

It's Official. Bankheads Battery will be leading a 5 gun Confederate Battery known as Army of Teneesee to join with the Army of Northern Virginia in Gettysburg, PA for the 155th Anniversary on July 5-9, 2018. Anyone wanting to enlist?

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6 months 2 weeks ago

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6 months 3 weeks ago

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7 months 3 days ago

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7 months 4 days ago

We are happy to announce a tremendous accomplishment by Duffy and Turners Battery making the Starkville Arsenal a singular World Class Civil War Museum in our own backyard. Below copied their announcement:
"Attention all, it gives me great pleasure to announce another Turner's first and only! Duffy has completed his ambulance! This completes his collection, every piece of rolling stock used by light artillery is under one roof and belongs to Duffy. This is the only complete collection in the world! This is the only period correct Ambulance in the world!!!! What an accomplishment for Duffy, so I am proud to announce it to our members and our friends! Please follow his progress on the Starkville Civil War Arsenal web site from beginning to end. I am sure he is looking forward to everyone's next visit to the museum so you may admire the latest arrival. Pictures are on the Arsenal web site or are being loaded as we speak. More to come in the future for Turner's Battery"

Bankhead's Battery Official

7 months 1 week ago

It's not too early to start planning 2018 schedules

1st Division/Southern Re-enactors Association Announcement / Press Release.
Mississippi Stands Civil War Re-enactment
The 1st Division/Southern Re-enactors Association is pleased to announce the following national event, Mississippi Stands. This is an event that will feature some of the vital Historic Battles for the control of Mississippi and border states. These Battles will take place on nearly 2000 acres of Historic Battlefield located at Brice’s Crossroads in Baldwyn, Mississippi. The date set for the event is February 22 thru 25, 2018. The 1st Division welcomes all re-enactors and organizations to attend this historic event.
Battles: There will be both campaign style battles along with spectator battles.
Camps: There will be mainstream, campaign and civilian camps for everyone.
More information will be forthcoming in the near future.
Thank you for your consideration in preserving a part of our American history.
1st Division/Southern Re-enactors Association

Bankhead's Battery Official

7 months 2 weeks ago

President Donald Trump donated his entire first-quarter White House salary of $78,333.32 to fund restoration projects at Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Wednesday.

The money will restore an historic house on the battlefield and help replace fencing at the national park, which preserves and commemorates the site of the bloodiest day of the Civil War, the Washington Times reported.

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7 months 4 weeks ago

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8 months 3 weeks ago

Some candid pics from the 2017 Battle of Sacramento, KY

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8 months 4 weeks ago

Bankhead's Battery Official shared Shiloh National Military Park's post.

Confederate Artillery at Shiloh: Bankhead’s Tennessee Battery

In April of 1861, although Tennessee had not seceded from the Union, Governor Isham Harris was calling for an Army to defend the state. In response, Smith P. Bankhead, a 37-year-old Memphis lawyer, began forming an artillery company on May 13, 1861. The unit intended to become battery B of the 1st Tennessee Artillery Corps, became known as Bankhead’s Battery. It could well have been called the lawyers battery, since Bankhead was joined by fellow lawyers, W.Y.C. Humes, who was made 1st Lieutenant and J. C. McDavitt , 2nd Lieutenant.

Two days later on May 15, 1861, a young 20-year-old lawyer William B. Greenlaw joined Bankhead as 2nd Lieutenant. Fifty-two additional men were recruited throughout the month of May. On June 4, 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union and William L. Scott, another lawyer from Memphis, joined Bankhead’s Battery as a 2nd Lieutenant. These officers and the 54 men made up the nucleus of the Battery and moved to Fort Pillow for artillery training although they had no cannon of their own.

Smith Pyne Bankhead was born on August 20, 1823, at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina. His father, General James Bankhead was a career army officer from Virginia. During the Mexican War, Smith P. Bankhead was a Captain of the Virginia Volunteers and served under his father who was commanded American troops stationed at Vera Cruz, Mexico. After the Mexican war, Bankhead was presented a sword by his country for “Gallant Service.” He went to California during the gold rush, and then settled at Memphis in 1851.

In Memphis, Bankhead became involved in politics and was known as a Mexican War hero. He founded and edited the Memphis Whig, a party newspaper. He was elected the City Attorney of Memphis in 1852 and started a private law practice in the 1850’s. One of his brothers, Henry Clay Bankhead, graduated from West Point in 1850 and remained in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Another brother, John P. Bankhead entered the U.S. Navy at age 17 and remained with the Union. He commanded the U.S.S. Monitor when it sank on December 31, 1862. He survived the sinking and was the last man to abandon the ship. His cousin was Confederate Gen. John Bankhead Magruder.

In July 1861, Bankhead’s Battery received six artillery pieces (6 pounders and 12 pound howitzers) made at the Quinby and Robinson foundry in Memphis. The battery was moved from Fort Pillow to New Madrid, Missouri where they recruited enough men to fill up the battery. In October 1861 they moved to Columbus, Kentucky where they became part of Gen. Leonidas Polk’s Corp. In March 1862, they joined the Confederate forces gathering at Corinth, Mississippi, and Bankhead was promoted to Chief of Artillery for Polk’s Corp. During the Battle of Shiloh, Bankhead would remain with his battery during the battle, despite this promotion.

As the battle of Shiloh started on April 6, 1862, Bankhead’s Battery joined batteries from other Corps on a ridge south of Sherman’s camps at 10:00 AM. Gen. Patrick Cleburne had ordered the Confederate artillery to wake up the Union camps from that positon earlier in the morning. After Sherman was outflanked and retreated with Gen. John McClernand’s Division to Jones Field, the battery moved north to a location near McClerands former headquarters. That afternoon their six guns contributed to the mass of Confederate artillery known as Ruggle’s Battery, after Gen. Daniel Ruggles, which bombarded the Union center contributing to Confederate victory on April 6th. On April 7, 1862, the battle would turn against the Confederates as Gen. Don Carlos Buell’s army arrived to reinforce Grant. Among those arrivals was Smith Bankhead’s brother, Captain Henry Bankhead, on Buell’s staff as inspector of infantry. On the afternoon of April 7, Bankhead’s Battery would form near Shiloh Church as part of the last Confederate defense line, before retreating to Corinth. The battery suffered two killed and 18 wounded. Although they lost 37 of their 82 horses they were able to retreat with all six of their guns and caissons.

After Shiloh, Bankhead was promoted to Major and transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department and later became Colonel of Artillery, serving under his cousin Gen. Magruder. Capt. William Scott took command of the battery which served with the Army of Tennessee until over run and captured on November 25, 1863, at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

Smith Bankhead returned to Memphis in March 1865 after deciding there was no point in continuing the war. He was appointed Deputy City Attorney and Trustee of the Navy Yard in the Reconstruction Government, and was considered a turncoat by former Confederates. In what may be the city of Memphis oldest cold case, Smith Bankhead was assassinated. He was struck down from behind and beaten to death by persons never identified on a main street in the downtown section of the city. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis.

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