26th NC Infantry

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Battle flag of the 26th NC

The 26th NC Infantry Regiment holds the tragic distinction of suffering the highest casualties of any unit, Confederate or Union, during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Gettysburg after battle report of the 26th NC:

Report of Capt. J. J. Young, quartermaster Twenty-sixth North Carolina Infantry.
Near Gettysburg, Pa., July 4, 1863.

My dear Governor: I will trespass a few minutes upon your
indulgence to communicate the sad fate that has befallen the old
Twenty-sixth.
The heaviest conflict of the war has taken place in this vicinity.
It commenced July 1, and raged furiously until late last night.
Heth’s division, of A. P. Hill’s corps, opened the ball, and Pettigrew’s
brigade was the advance. We went in with over 800 men in
the regiment. There came out but 216, all told, unhurt.
Yesterday they were again engaged, and now have only about 80
men for duty.
To give you an idea of the frightful loss in officers: Heth being
wounded, Pettigrew commands the division and Maj. [J.] Jones
our brigade. Eleven men were shot down the first day with our
colors; yesterday they were lost. Poor Col. Burgwyn, jr., was
shot through both lungs, and died shortly afterward. His loss is
great, for he had but few equals of his age. Capt. McCreery, of
Gen. Pettigrew’s staff, was shot through the heart and instantly
killed; with them Lieut.-Col. Lane through the neck, jaw,
and mouth, I fear mortally; Adjutant [James B.] Jordan in the
hip, severely; Capt. [J. T.] Adams, shoulder, seriously; Stokes
McRae’s thigh broken; Capt. [William] Wilson was killed; Lieut.’s
[John W.] Richardson and [J. B.] Holloway have died of
their wounds. It is thought Lieut. [M.] McLeod and Capt.
[N. G.] Bradford will die.
Nearly all the rest of the officers were slightly wounded. [I. A.]
Jarratt I had forgotten to mention–in the face and hand. Yesterday,
Capt. [S. P.] Wagg was shot through by grape and instantly
killed; Lieut. [G.] Broughton in the head, and instantly killed;
[Alexander] Saunders was wounded and [J. R.] Emerson left on the
field for dead.
Capt. [H. C.] Albright is the only captain left in the regiment
unhurt, and commands the regiment. Lieut.’s [J. A.] Lowe,
[M. B.] Blair, [T. J.] Cureton, and [C. M.] Sudderth are all of the
subalterns. Col. Faribault, of the Forty-seventh, is severely
wounded. Lieut.-Col. [J. A.] Graves and Maj. [A. D.]
Crudup supposed killed. Col. Marshall and Maj. [J. Q.] Richardson,
of the Fifty-second, supposed to be killed. Lieut.-Col.
Parks dangerously wounded; Col. Leventhorpe badly wounded;
Maj. Ross killed.
Our whole division numbers but only 1,500 or 1,600 effective men,
as officially reported, but, of course, a good many will still come in.
The division at the beginning numbered about 8,000 effective men.
I hear our army is generally badly cut up. We will fall back about
5 miles, to draw the enemy, if possible, from his impregnable position.
It was a second Fredericksburg affair, only the wrong way. We
had to charge over a mile a stone wall in an elevated position.
I learn the loss of the enemy is terrible. We have taken 10,000 or
15,000 prisoners in all. Yesterday, in falling back, we had to leave
the wounded; hence the uncertainty of a good many being killed
late yesterday evening. I must close.
Yours, truly,
J. J. YOUNG,
Capt., and Assistant Quartermaster.
His Excellency Gov. Zebulon B. Vance.
Source: Official Records: Series I. Vol. 27. Part II. Reports. Serial No. 4

26th NC Battles:

Fought on 4 Aug 1861.
Fought on 15 Oct 1861.
Fought on 1 Nov 1861 at Bugg’s Island.
Fought on 14 Mar 1862 at New Berne, NC.
Fought on 15 Mar 1862.
Fought on 30 Mar 1862 at New Berne, NC.
Fought on 20 Apr 1862 at Kingston, GA.
Fought on 27 May 1862 at Hanover Court House, VA.
Fought on 25 Jun 1862 at Near Seven Pines, VA.
Fought on 25 Jun 1862 at Near Richmond, VA.
Fought on 25 Jun 1862 at King’s School House, VA.
Fought on 28 Jun 1862 at Richmond, VA.
Fought on 28 Jun 1862 at Near Richmond, VA.
Fought on 1 Jul 1862 at Malvern Hill, VA.
Fought on 1 Jul 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, VA.
Fought on 10 Oct 1862 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Oct 1862.
Fought on 2 Nov 1862 at Rawls’ Mill, NC.
Fought on 2 Nov 1862 at Near Rawis’ Mill.
Fought on 3 Nov 1862 at Rawls’ Mill.
Fought on 3 Nov 1862 at Martin County, NC.
Fought on 11 Mar 1863 at New Berne, NC.
Fought on 14 Mar 1863 at Barrington’s Ferry, NC.
Fought on 14 Mar 1863 at Barrington’s Ferry.
Fought on 15 Mar 1863 at Barrington’s Ferry, NC.
Fought on 1 May 1863 at Halifax Railroad.
Fought on 1 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 2 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 3 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 4 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 4 Jul 1863 at Near South Mountain, MD.
Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at Williamsport, MD.
Fought on 5 Jul 1863 at Gettysburg, PA.
Fought on 12 Jul 1863 at Williamsport, MD.
Fought on 13 Jul 1863 at Williamsport, MD.
Fought on 14 Jul 1863 at Williamsport, MD.
Fought on 14 Jul 1863 at Falling Waters, MD.
Fought on 15 Jul 1863 at Halifax.
Fought on 15 Jul 1863 at Falling Waters, MD.
Fought on 15 Jul 1863.
Fought on 20 Jul 1863 at New Creek, VA.
Fought on 20 Jul 1863 at Martinsburg, WV.
Fought on 20 Jul 1863 at Hampshire County, VA.
Fought on 26 Jul 1863 at Jordan Springs, VA.
Fought on 30 Jul 1863.
Fought on 30 Jul 1863 at Winchester, VA Hospital.
Fought on 1 Aug 1863.
Fought on 15 Aug 1863 at Charles Town, WV.
Fought on 20 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.
Fought on 7 Oct 1863 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 14 Oct 1863 at Bristoe Station, VA.
Fought on 9 Nov 1863 at Culpepper, VA.
Fought on 30 Nov 1863.
Fought on 15 Dec 1863 at Orange VA.
Fought on 17 Jan 1864.
Fought on 30 Jan 1864.
Fought on 24 Mar 1864 at Orange County Court House, VA.
Fought on 2 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 4 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 5 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 7 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 8 May 1864 at Orange Court House, VA.
Fought on 10 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Near Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 14 May 1864 at Resaca, GA.
Fought on 15 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.
Fought on 15 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 19 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 20 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 21 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 22 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 23 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 23 May 1864 at Hanover Court House, VA.
Fought on 24 May 1864 at North Anna River, VA.
Fought on 24 May 1864 at Hanover Junction, VA.
Fought on 25 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.
Fought on 25 May 1864 at Hanover Court House, VA.
Fought on 30 May 1864.
Fought on 1 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 2 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 3 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 7 Jun 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 10 Jun 1864.
Fought on 15 Jun 1864 at Yellow Tavern, VA.
Fought on 22 Jun 1864 at Kolb’s Farm, GA.
Fought on 29 Jun 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 Jun 1864.
Fought on 3 Jul 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 14 Jul 1864 at Washington, DC.
Fought on 16 Aug 1864 at Deep Bottom, VA.
Fought on 19 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 20 Aug 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Globe Tavern, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Reams’ Station, VA.
Fought on 22 Aug 1864 at Globe Tavern, VA.
Fought on 24 Aug 1864 at Reams’ Station, VA.
Fought on 25 Aug 1864 at Reams’ Station, VA.
Fought on 10 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 25 Sep 1864 at Harrisonburg, VA.
Fought on 29 Sep 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 Sep 1864 at Jones’ Farm, VA.
Fought on 1 Oct 1864 at Reams’ Station, VA.
Fought on 1 Oct 1864 at Jones’ Farm, VA.
Fought on 13 Oct 1864.
Fought on 14 Oct 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 22 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Oct 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Oct 1864 at Burgess’ Mill, VA.
Fought on 27 Oct 1864 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 29 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 1 Nov 1864.
Fought on 20 Nov 1864 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 5 Feb 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 5 Feb 1865 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 5 Mar 1865 at Anson County, NC.
Fought on 6 Mar 1865 at Bennettsville, SC.
Fought on 6 Mar 1865 at Cheraw, SC.
Fought on 16 Mar 1865 at Sampson County, NC.
Fought on 20 Mar 1865 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 25 Mar 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 25 Mar 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 25 Mar 1865 at Fort Stedman, VA.
Fought on 30 Mar 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 1 Apr 1865 at Near Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 1 Apr 1865 at Five Forks, VA.
Fought on 1 Apr 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Hatcher’s Run, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Cox’s Road, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at South Side Railroad, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Petersburg, VA Hospital.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Richmond, VA Hospital.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Appomattox River, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Deep Creek, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 4 Apr 1865 at Appomattox River, VA.
Fought on 4 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 5 Apr 1865 at Clementstown.
Fought on 5 Apr 1865 at Farmville, VA.
Fought on 5 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 8 Apr 1865 at Burkeville, VA.
Fought on 9 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA.
Fought on 12 Apr 1865.
Fought on 13 Apr 1865 at Raleigh, NC.
Fought on 15 Apr 1865 at Lenoir County, NC.

Regimental history of the 26th NC Infantry Regiment

Monument of the 26th NC at the Gettysburg battlefield