By Rod Gragg
The conflict of Gettysburg was once the biggest engagement of the Civil battle, and--with greater than 51,000 casualties--also the deadliest. the top regimental casualty expense at Gettysburg, an anticipated eighty five percentage, was once incurred by way of the twenty sixth North Carolina Infantry. Who have been those North Carolinians? Why have been they at Gettysburg? How did they arrive to endure the sort of grievous contrast? In lined with Glory, award-winning historian Rod Gragg unearths the intense tale of the twenty sixth North Carolina in interesting element. Praised for its "exhaustive scholarship" and its "highly readable style," coated with Glory chronicles the 26th's amazing odyssey from muster close to Raleigh to give up at Appomattox. The valuable concentration of the e-book, despite the fact that, is the regiment's serious, tragic position at Gettysburg, the place its standoff with the heralded twenty fourth Michigan Infantry at the first day of struggling with turned one of many battle's such a lot unforgettable tales. days later, the 26th's bloodied remnant assaulted the Federal line at Cemetery Ridge and received extra popularity for advancing "farthest to front" within the Pickett-Pettigrew cost.
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They] were not used to control of any sort, and were not disposed to obey anybody except for good and sufficient reason given. . These men were the people of the South, and the war was their own; therefore they fought to win it of their own accord, and not at all because their officers commanded them to do so. Their personal spirit and their intelligence were their sole elements of strength. Death has few terrors for such men, as compared with dishonor, and so they needed no officers at all, and no discipline, to insure their personal and good conduct on the field of battle.
Some members of the regiment welcomed the news. ” On August 26, 1862, the regimental band played a spirited tune as the assembled troops of the 26th watched Ransom’s Brigade march away to a new station. “General Ransom told us goodbye as he rode past,” noted one soldier. 39 When Colonel Burgwyn stood before Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew, he met a match in intellect and youthful accomplishment. Darkhaired, dark-eyed, lean and immaculately groomed, the thirty-four-year-old North Carolinian cut a dashing figure.
Already the Seven Days Campaign had exposed the men of the regiment to battlefield horrors exceeding anything they had seen at New Bern. “In places the Yankees were lying almost in heaps,” Burgwyn would later report. ”26 As they moved toward the action, the troops of the 26th flushed a rabbit from the brush. It bounded wildly in retreat as the men whooped and laughed. “Go it, Mollie Cottontail,” Vance yelled. ” Marching forward along a country lane, as artillery shells fell around them like pelting rain, the regiment took a wrong turn.