COVERED WITH GLORY - MORT KUNSTLER

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Item Code: 596-11

Measures 40" x 23". Artist's Proof, numbered and signed. 69/100.

 

26th N.C. at Front Royal, Virginia June 20, 1863. It was a joyful parade for the men in gray. General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, at peak strength and again victorious, marched northward through Virginia Shenandoah Valley. Fresh from a decisive victory over federal forces at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Lee's army was now taking the war to the North. Lee hoped to resupply his troops with Yankee crops and livestock, threaten Harrisburg, Philadelphia or Washington, and win the mighty victory that would earn a nationhood for the embattled South.

 

The residents of the Shenandoah Valley, who had been under constant threat by enemy forces for two years, welcomed Lee's army with jubilation. By the time the 26th North Carolina infantry marched through Front Royal with the rest of General A.P. Hill's corps, the town citizens were in a state of celebration. Led by their heralded band, the troops of the 26th passed by as if on review. Women waved their handkerchiefs, children marched alongside the soldiers, and all cheered the Gray-uniformed sons of the South. At Gettysburg, Lee's army - including the 26th North Carolina - would help break the Federal line on July 1, and would go the distance in the Pickett-Pettigrew Charge. But the cost to the regiment would be shocking: its casualty rate at Gettysburg would be a record 85% and the 26th would lose more men than any regiment in either army.

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