Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg

Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg

by Rod Gragg

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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? In Covered with Glory, award-winning historian Rod Gragg reveals the extraordinary story of the 26th North Carolina in fascinating detail.

Praised for its "exhaustive scholarship" and its "highly readable style," Covered with Glory 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807898383
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 570,558
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Rod Gragg, author of Confederate Goliath: The Battle of Fort Fisher and numerous other works of history, is director of the Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction "I Was Once a Soldier" xv
Good, Honest American Stock
Into the Jaws of Certain Death
We Are on Our Way
"May the Good Lord Take Care of the Pore Soldiers"
"Summer is Ended"
"Like Wheat Before the Sickle"
Covered with Glory
"The Sickening Horrors of War"
"All Were Willing to Die"
"Terrible as an Army with Banners"
"Unconquered in Spirit"
Epilogue "Steadfast to the Last" 221(25)
Notes 246(33)
Bibliography 279(15)
Index 294

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A superb story has met a superb writer. Battle history does not get any better than this.—Clyde Wilson, author of Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew

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