It will be more interesting to give its history in the words of Col. William F. Fox, a Federal officer, whose account may be taken as entirely without prejudice.
He says in his work, Regimental Losses in the Civil War, (pages 555-556):
At Gettysburg, the 26th North Carolina of Pettigrew's Brigade, Heth's Division, went into action with an effective strength which is stated in the regimental official report, as over 800 men . They sustained a loss, according to Surgeon General Guild's report, of 86 killed and 502 wounded;
Under Lee's order of May 14, 1863, this included only those who were pronounced by the surgeons as unfit for duty. total, 588.
In addition there were about 120 missing, nearly all of whom must have been wounded or killed; but, as they fell into the enemy's hands, they were not included in the hospital report.
This loss occurred mostly in the first day's fight, where the regiment encountered the 151st Pennsylvania
This regiment lost 335