Civil War Histories now available at Imaging Specialists

New from Star Route Books, are the histories of North Carolina’s 26th and 61st Infantry Regiments in the Civil War. Through spellbinding narratives and fascinating photography we follow the story of the 26th Regiment and Company A, The Jeff Davis Mountaineers, that consisted almost entirely of men from Ashe County and the 61st, including Company I, The Alleghany Rangers, which was made up of Alleghany County volunteers.

The cover art from the History of the 26th NC Infantry depicting Picketts Charge at Gettysburg from a painting by Edwin Forbes. US Library of Congress.

Originally published in 1901, these eyewitness accounts were compiled by the State of North Carolina and were part of The Histories of the Several Regiments and Battalions from North Carolina, in the Great War, 1861-65.

Pontoon Bridge at Deep Bottom Virginia, Photographed by Timothy OSullivan for Gardners Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War. US Library of Congress.

Pontoon Bridge at Deep Bottom Virginia, Photographed by Timothy OSullivan for Gardners Photographic Sketchbook of the Civil War. US Library of Congress.

The 26th was noted for its participation in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, there losing more men than any other regiment from either side in the entire war. They were part of the Army of Northern Virginia, fighting at Richmond, Petersburg and they were with Robert E. Lee at his eventual surrender at Appomattox.

The 61st fought, primarily, along the coast of North and South Carolina, defending Charleston Harbor, Savannah and Wilmington. They were at Morris Island and just barely missed the attack of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, depicted in the movie Glory. They were led by General Thomas Clingman and were with General Joseph Johnston when he surrendered at Bennett Place in Durham at the war’s end.

General Thomas Clingman, leader of Clingmans Brigade and the 61st NC Infantry. Clingmans Brigade fought at Goldsboro, Battery Wagner, Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Globe Tavern, Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

General Thomas Clingman, leader of Clingmans Brigade and the 61st NC Infantry. Clingmans Brigade fought at Goldsboro, Battery Wagner, Drewrys Bluff, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Globe Tavern, Fort Fisher and Bentonville.

Along with the original text, we have added company rosters, photographs, battle descriptions and period maps obtained from the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Virginia Military Institute and many other resources.

The Regimental History of the 26th North Carolina Infantry won a Willie Parker Peace History Book Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians in 2011.

The cover art from the History of the 61st NC Infantry depicting New Berne, NC in 1864 from a lithograph by Del Comb. US Library of Congress.

Both books are available now, print-on-demand, through The Sparta Store.

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