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Lee's Tar Heels : the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade /
by Earl J. Hess.
imprint
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2002.
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xvii, 437 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0807826871 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2002.
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0807826871 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
4670107
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Review Quotes
At Gettysburg and on through to Appomattox, the North Carolinians sculpted an admirable record. This good history of a good brigade tells their story in stirring fashion. (Robert K. Krick, author ofStonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain)
At Gettysburg and on through to Appomattox, the North Carolinians sculpted an admirable record. This good history of a good brigade tells their story in stirring fashion. (Robert K. Krick, author of Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain )
Using extensive research Earl J. Hess has produced a definitive and admirable history of one of the Army of Northern Virginia's great brigades. (Harry W. Pfanz, author ofGettysburg--The Second Day)
Using extensive research Earl J. Hess has produced a definitive and admirable history of one of the Army of Northern Virginia's great brigades. (Harry W. Pfanz, author of Gettysburg--The Second Day )
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Summaries
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The Tar Heels were one of the hardest-fighting units in the Army of Northern Virginia. Hess draws on letters, diaries & service records to explore the camp life, social backgrounds & political attitudes as well as chronicling their military engagements.
Long Description
The Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade was one of North Carolina's best-known and most successful units during the Civil War. Formed in 1862, the brigade spent nearly a year protecting supply lines before being thrust into its first major combat at Gettysburg. There, James Johnston Pettigrew's men pushed back the Union's famed Iron Brigade in vicious fighting on July 1 and played a key role in Pickett's Charge on July 3, in the process earning a reputation as one of the hardest-fighting units in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. Despite suffering heavy losses during the Gettysburg campaign, the brigade went on to prove its valor in a host of other engagements. It marched with Lee to Appomattox and was among the last Confederate units to lay down arms in the surrender ceremony.Earl Hess tells the story of the men of the Pettigrew-Kirkland-MacRae Brigade, and especially the famous 26th North Carolina, chronicling the brigade's formation and growth under Pettigrew and its subsequent exploits under William W. Kirkland and William MacRae. Beyond recounting the brigade's military engagements, Hess draws on letters, diaries, memoirs, and service records to explore the camp life, medical care, social backgrounds, and political attitudes of these gallant Tar Heels. He also addresses the continuing debate between North Carolinians and Virginians over the failure of Pickett's Charge.
Main Description
Hess tells the full story of "Pettigrew's Brigade," perhaps the best-known and most successful of North Carolina's units during the Civil War. The brigade played a central role in Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and also fought with distinction during the Petersburg campaign and in later battles including the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor.
Table of Contents
Mapsp. ix
Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
The 26th North Carolinap. 1
Pettigrew's Brigadep. 34
Back to Carolinap. 57
New Bern and Washingtonp. 80
North to Pennsylvaniap. 101
Gettysburgp. 119
Fire and Bloodp. 138
Back to Virginiap. 159
Bristoe Station, Mine Run, and the Winter of '64p. 184
From the Wilderness to Cold Harborep. 208
Petersburgp. 234
Rebel Autumnp. 258
The Road to Appomattoxp. 281
After the Warp. 306
Appendix: A Military Profile of the Pettigrew-Kirkland-Macrae Brigadep. 327
Notesp. 353
Bibliographyp. 411
Indexp. 425
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