I want to thank everyone that participated in the contest to pick my next blog article topic – I received some great entries, and everyone was very passionate about their pick. I really enjoyed the stories that many of you shared on why you wanted me to write about the unit that you voted for.
But in the end there can only be one winner, and I had a little problem when I tallied up the votes – there was a three way tie between the 7th Mississippi Infantry, the 31st Mississippi Infantry, and the 37th Mississippi Infantry. This was not an outcome I had remotely considered, so I had to come up with a way to break the tie. What I decided was this: I put the names of each unit on a slip of paper, folded them up, and put them in my bee-hive hat that I used for reenacting as a Confederate infantryman. I then had my daughter choose the winner from the hat.
And without any further adieu, I give you the winner – the 31st Mississippi Infantry! The 31st was a great unit that fought in the western theater during the war, and I am looking forward to writing about the gallant men of the regiment.