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Near Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment
Pettigrew's Brigade - Heth's Division

Hill's Corps - Army of Northern Virginia
 
Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Monument
 
Inscription.
Twenty-Sixth
North Carolina Regiment

Pettigrew's Brigade Heth's Division
Hill's Corps
Army of Northern Virginia
———————
Henry King Burgwyn, Jr.
Colonel

John Thomas Jones
Major

John Randolph Lane
Lieutenant Colonel

Pettigrew's Brigade moved toward Gettysburg early on the morning of July 1 and shortly after noon deployed in line of battle on the ridge 600 yards west of here. The 26th North Carolina stood on the Brigade's left flank facing these woods and the 24th Michigan of Meredith's Iron Brigade. The order to advance was made about 2:30 PM on nearing Willoughby Run the Regiment received a galling fire from the opposite bank. By Maj. Jones' account the "fighting was terrible" with the forces "pouring volleys into each other at a distance not greater than 20 paces." After about an hour the Regiment had incurred very heavy losses. Col. Burgwyn had been mortally wounded and Lt. Col. Lane injured. The attack continued until the union troops fell back through the streets of Gettysburg and took up positions south of town.

On July 9 Brigadier General James Johnston Pettigrew wrote that the Regiment had "covered itself with glory.... it fell to the lot of the 26th to charge one of the strongest positions possible...with a gallantry
 
Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Monument
 
unsurpassed." Addressing his remarks to Zebulon Baird Vance, who had served as Colonel of the 26th until his election as governor in August, 1862, Pettigrew concluded that "your old comrades did honor to your association with them, and to the state they represented."
 
Erected 1985 by State of North Carolina.
 
Location. 39° 50.083′ N, 77° 15.277′ W. Marker is near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Meredith Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the Herbst Farm Woods (also called McPherson's or Reynolds' Woods) in Gettysburg National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archer's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 24th Michigan Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); 19th Indiana Infantry Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); First Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (about 400 feet away); 7th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment (about 400 feet away); 14th (Brooklyn) Infantry N.Y.S.M. (about 600 feet away); John Burns (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Also see . . .
 
Willoughby Run Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
3. Willoughby Run
The creek bisects the First Day battlefield from north to south, crossing the Chambersburg Pike to the west of Stone-Meredith Avenue. The Run continues south, to the west of Seminary Ridge, eventually emptying into Marsh Creek. Throughout the morning fighting on July 1, the Confederates and Federals contested Willoughby Run. The 26th North Carolina pushed up the east side of the Run and finally settled the matter after a costly exchange with the Iron Brigade.
 

1. McPherson's Ridge. National Park Service virtual tour stop. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. 26th North Carolina History. Brief history of the regiment. Note links to the side to more information about the regiment's service. (Submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. 26th North Carolina in McPherson Woods. Gettysburg Daily article. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Into Herbst Farm Woods Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
4. Into Herbst Farm Woods
In the afternoon of July 1, the left flank of the 26th North Carolina advanced up from the bottoms of Willoughby Run to drive back the 2nd Wisconsin, 24th Michigan, and 19th Indiana. This photo looks to the northwest along Meredith Avenue, beside the Monument location. The North Carolinians advanced from the left to the right, into Herbst Farm Woods (often called McPherson's or Reyonolds' Woods).
 
 
Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jacob McCandles, October 8, 2011
5. Twenthy-Sixth North Carolina Regiment Marker
Panoramic shot of Willoughby Run. Facing west (left is south).
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,705 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on July 18, 2012.
 
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