SPECTER OF THE COVINGTON FENCIBLES
William L. Deen Sr.
Pamela D. Deen
A native of Virginia and graduate of West Point, Colonel Thomas Marshall Jones was placed in command of a new infantry unit. He had received a strong recommendation from General Braxton Bragg to officer the Mississippi 27th Regiment. In addition, his orders had them organizing at Fort McRee near Pensacola, Florida during March of 1862.
Sad looking bunch.
Colonel Jones took measure of his recruits. He paced before a formed line, pausing to inspect each man. Most were in their early twenties, a couple older. A few had re-upped with nowhere else to go. Unkempt, unshaven, and gaunt, they wore woolen hats and gray tattered uniforms. Heroes who died for the cause 'donated' the garb. A few were too big, others too short or long.