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Howdy all, new member here.
Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel that it is important to achieve some understanding of the past in order to apply the lessons learned to current and future events; aside from that, how could anyone find it uninteresting?
I am originally from Caldwell County, North Carolina, but spend a great deal of my time in Virginia as of late. As we know, Virginia is richly covered with places of great historical importance, so it's been like hitting a goldmine of Civil War history every way I turn.
Given where I am originally from, and due to the fact that a number of my ancestors fought (and died) in the service of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, I have taken a heightened interest in this regiment. I am trying to compile a complete and detailed history of the regiment, and have even tried (unsuccessfully, so far) to write a work of historical fiction from the view of the common soldier.
My paternal grandfather spent much of his retirement compiling a massive book on our family history, and as a result, I know of a great number of my ancestors that fought in the war, mostly in defense of the South, but a few for the Union.

CSA
26th NC Inf.
23rd NC Inf.
3rd KY Inf.
23rd VA Inf.
33rd VA Inf.
2nd MD Inf.
2nd MD Cav.

USA
5th MD Inf.
10th KY Inf.

Anyways, I figure that's probably enough about myself. I'm afraid that if I don't stop talking now, I'll have written a novel before I'm through!
Looking forward to hearing from everyone,
Tom.
 

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I feel that it is important to achieve some understanding of the past in order to apply the lessons learned to current and future events; aside from that, how could anyone find it uninteresting?
Welcome Tom! I live in Winston-Salem. My husband and I spend a lot of time enjoying the historical sites in Virginia. I so agree with your statement about the importance of understanding our past and applying its lessons to the future. That's probably more true now than ever. I look forward to your posts!
 
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Howdy all, new member here.
Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel that it is important to achieve some understanding of the past in order to apply the lessons learned to current and future events; aside from that, how could anyone find it uninteresting?
I am originally from Caldwell County, North Carolina, but spend a great deal of my time in Virginia as of late. As we know, Virginia is richly covered with places of great historical importance, so it's been like hitting a goldmine of Civil War history every way I turn.
Given where I am originally from, and due to the fact that a number of my ancestors fought (and died) in the service of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, I have taken a heightened interest in this regiment. I am trying to compile a complete and detailed history of the regiment, and have even tried (unsuccessfully, so far) to write a work of historical fiction from the view of the common soldier.
My paternal grandfather spent much of his retirement compiling a massive book on our family history, and as a result, I know of a great number of my ancestors that fought in the war, mostly in defense of the South, but a few for the Union.

CSA
26th NC Inf.
23rd NC Inf.
3rd KY Inf.
23rd VA Inf.
33rd VA Inf.
2nd MD Inf.
2nd MD Cav.

USA
5th MD Inf.
10th KY Inf.

Anyways, I figure that's probably enough about myself. I'm afraid that if I don't stop talking now, I'll have written a novel before I'm through!
Looking forward to hearing from everyone,
Tom.
Howdy, Tom. Welcome.
 

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a number of my ancestors fought (and died) in the service of the 26th North Carolina Infantry
I have an interest in them also, particularly in relation to the Wilson-Kautz Raid, and am currently reading "Stuart's Tarheels" by Chris J. Hartley.

write a work of historical fiction from the view of the common soldier.
This is one of my aims also, from the perspective of a Union officer who began his career as an enlisted man :smile: Well, perhaps more 'faction' than 'fiction'. My focus is on a particular soldier.

Glad you're here, and you'll find plenty of interest!
 
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Howdy all, new member here.
Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel that it is important to achieve some understanding of the past in order to apply the lessons learned to current and future events; aside from that, how could anyone find it uninteresting?
I am originally from Caldwell County, North Carolina, but spend a great deal of my time in Virginia as of late. As we know, Virginia is richly covered with places of great historical importance, so it's been like hitting a goldmine of Civil War history every way I turn.
Given where I am originally from, and due to the fact that a number of my ancestors fought (and died) in the service of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, I have taken a heightened interest in this regiment. I am trying to compile a complete and detailed history of the regiment, and have even tried (unsuccessfully, so far) to write a work of historical fiction from the view of the common soldier.
My paternal grandfather spent much of his retirement compiling a massive book on our family history, and as a result, I know of a great number of my ancestors that fought in the war, mostly in defense of the South, but a few for the Union.

CSA
26th NC Inf.
23rd NC Inf.
3rd KY Inf.
23rd VA Inf.
33rd VA Inf.
2nd MD Inf.
2nd MD Cav.

USA
5th MD Inf.
10th KY Inf.

Anyways, I figure that's probably enough about myself. I'm afraid that if I don't stop talking now, I'll have written a novel before I'm through!
Looking forward to hearing from everyone,
Tom.
Go to the 26th NC website if you haven't already. There is a good bit of info there. I had a 2nd cousin that fought with that unit - Johnston Pettigrew. Welcome.
 

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Howdy Tom. Welcome to the forum from The Trans-Mississippi Department. I have many friends in Virginia and have been there 3 times in the last 3 years. A trip to Newport News in June 2014 sparked a dormant CW intesest in me. Have you been to the Mariners' Museum there?
 
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Howdy all, new member here.
Some say I'm a bit young (23) to have such an avid interest in the Civil War, but it has always been one of my favorite topics. My father tried to impart a love for history in all of his children, but I'm the only one of the five that it really stuck with. I feel that it is important to achieve some understanding of the past in order to apply the lessons learned to current and future events; aside from that, how could anyone find it uninteresting?
I am originally from Caldwell County, North Carolina, but spend a great deal of my time in Virginia as of late. As we know, Virginia is richly covered with places of great historical importance, so it's been like hitting a goldmine of Civil War history every way I turn.
Given where I am originally from, and due to the fact that a number of my ancestors fought (and died) in the service of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, I have taken a heightened interest in this regiment. I am trying to compile a complete and detailed history of the regiment, and have even tried (unsuccessfully, so far) to write a work of historical fiction from the view of the common soldier.
My paternal grandfather spent much of his retirement compiling a massive book on our family history, and as a result, I know of a great number of my ancestors that fought in the war, mostly in defense of the South, but a few for the Union.

CSA
26th NC Inf.
23rd NC Inf.
3rd KY Inf.
23rd VA Inf.
33rd VA Inf.
2nd MD Inf.
2nd MD Cav.

USA
5th MD Inf.
10th KY Inf.

Anyways, I figure that's probably enough about myself. I'm afraid that if I don't stop talking now, I'll have written a novel before I'm through!
Looking forward to hearing from everyone,
Tom.
Welcome Tom ! Being from east Tennessee, I also had a number of relatives on both sides. My paternal roots are in Wilkes County, NC. with Civil War kinfolk also from Alexander and Caldwell. The 26th NC has quite a history !

https://civilwartalk.com/threads/co...c-civil-war-remembrances.123810/#post-1316075

Gettysburg after battle report:
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. 44
 


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