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Covered with Glory
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Covered with Glory tells the story of the 26th North Carolina Infantry at Gettysburg, which joined James J. Pettigrew’s brigade at Gettysburg as reinforcement for Henry Heth’s division. As Lee ordered Confederate attack, the 26th was positioned at the well defended Herbst Woods, where it was charged with the task of taking on the Union’s Iron Brigade—one of the most experienced, hard-nosed combat groups in the Army of the Potomac. Fighting through deadly fire from two Iron Brigade regiments, the 26th advanced with great precision against the Union line, forcing the northerners back and achieving the strategic advantage of breaking the line; but the cost was great, as approximately 3/4s of the regiment’s troops were killed or wounded on the first day. The 26th did, however, inflict its own damage, causing two Iron Brigade regiments comparable losses. Despite heavy casualties, the regiment responded to play a part in the events two days later at Cemetery Ridge, in the culminating attack against the Union line. On that day, the surviving men of the 26th displayed the same precision they had two days earlier. In the end, the Union line did not break, but having fought valiantly while suffering the highest casualty rate of any unit in the three days, the group from North Carolina left its mark on the battlefield at Gettysburg. The 26th went on to fight with distinction at other battles, including the Wilderness and Cold Harbor, and was one of the last Confederate units to surrender at Appomattox.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Further Reading, Dedication, Quote
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. INTRODUCTION: “I WAS ONCE A SOLDIER”
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. GOOD, HONEST AMERICAN STOCK
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2. INTO THE JAWS OF CERTAIN DEATH
  2. pp. 17-36
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  1. 3. WE ARE ON OUR WAY
  2. pp. 37-51
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  1. 4. “MAY THE GOOD LORD TAKE CARE OF THE PORE SOLDIERS”
  2. pp. 52-72
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  1. 5. “SUMMER IS ENDED”
  2. pp. 73-100
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  1. 6. “LIKE WHEAT BEFORE THE SICKLE”
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. 7. COVERED WITH GLORY
  2. pp. 117-136
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  1. 8. “THE SICKENING HORRORS OF WAR”
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. 9. “ALL WERE WILLING TO DIE”
  2. pp. 153-174
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  1. 10. “TERRIBLE AS AN ARMY WITH BANNERS”
  2. pp. 175-201
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  1. 11. “UNCONQUERED IN SPIRIT”
  2. pp. 202-220
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  1. EPILOGUE: “STEADFAST TO THE LAST”
  2. pp. 221-245
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 246-246
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 246-278
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 279-293
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 294-304
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