Covered with Glory: The 26th North Carolina Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg
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.
Gragg Does it Again!
By C. Hooper "choop26" - October 13, 2000
This latest book from Rod Gragg is the best modern regimental history I have read. Written form the perspective of members of the regiment, it offers rich detail and a moving narrative. The photographs bring the text to life. Gragg has written two of my favorite Civil War books, Confederate Goliath (the fight at Fort Fisher, NC) and the Illustrated Confederate Reader (a must read). As a member of the 26th NC (reenactors) I must say that I am even more proud to be a part of the unit. I eagerly look forward to his next book!
By Weegee - June 7, 2004
The narrow focus of what the 26th is most famous for is wonderful because it allows for many details. For those that don't know, they took atrocious casulaties over a 48 hour period, basically 8 out of 10 men went down. Their action is legendary, lining up against the Union's most famous, Iron Brigade, and also being the unit that could claim the farthest penetration into enemy territory on day 3.As always, a couple of more maps would have been extremely helpful, but that being said, the ones there are well done.Day 1 is treated extremely well with intense description of the action, almost minute by minute as far the 26th was concerned. The reading is smooth however, and most won't get lost in the details.Day 3 has some of the best coverage that I have read because the author expands the focus for the Picket-Pettigrew-Trimble Charge to cover many of the other units involved. Of course, the 26th still gets the lions share of the commentary.This book isn't for novices,... read more
Not your father's regimental history
By "jam-po" - February 10, 2001
Gragg's book is so much better than most regimental histories that I wonder whether it should even carry this label. It reminds me more of Ambrose's Band of Brothers (101st Airborne in WWII) than a regimental history. Battles are best studied from multiple perspectives, but histories tend to cluster at the two extremes--from the Olympian optic of the Generals at one, to the eyes of individual soldiers at the other. Using the experiences of a single Regimental formation, Gragg not only provides an excellent history of the unit, but occupies the key terrain between these two extremes to shift the reader's attention from an understanding of critical developments in the overall battle to the experiences of these (almost incredibly) committed soldiers. Gragg also captures the great mystery of cataclysms like Gettysburg in which participants, while closely joined in space and time, nevertheless witnesss thousands of separate dramas, acts of herorism and human tragedies. Gragg corrected... read more
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