Covered with Glory

Rod Gragg

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780807871409
Published online July 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781469604312
Covered with Glory

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The battle of Gettysburg was the largest engagement of the Civil War, and—with more than 51,000 casualties—also the deadliest. The highest regimental casualty rate at Gettysburg, an estimated 85 percent, was incurred by the 26th North Carolina Infantry. Who were these North Carolinians? Why were they at Gettysburg? How did they come to suffer such a grievous distinction? This book reveals the extraordinary story of the 26th North Carolina in detail. It chronicles the 26th's remarkable odyssey from muster near Raleigh to surrender at Appomattox. The central focus of the book, however, is the regiment's critical, tragic role at Gettysburg, where its standoff with the heralded 24th Michigan Infantry on the first day of fighting became one of the battle's most unforgettable stories. Two days later, the 26th's bloodied remnant assaulted the Federal line at Cemetery Ridge and gained additional fame for advancing “farthest to the front” in the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge.

Keywords: Gettysburg; Civil War; North Carolinians; 26th North Carolina; Raleigh; Appomattox; 24th Michigan Infantry; Federal line; Cemetery Ridge; Pickett-Pettigrew Charge

Book.  336 pages. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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