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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Brave Carolinian fell at Gettysburg. (search)
ng Burgwyn lost his life. Raleigh, N. C., May 13, 1906. The presence at Raleigh, N. C., of Colonel William H. S. Burgwyn, of Northhampton County, who delivered the memorial address May 10, called attention to the fate of his brother, Colonel Henry King Burgwyn, the gallant young commander of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, who lost his life at Gettysburg. It happened that among the Confederate veterans who attended the Memorial Day exercises was William M. Cheek, of Lundley, Chatham County, who was a private in Company E, of the 26th Regiment, and who saw Colonel Burgwyn when the latter was shot. Mr. Cheek said: It was in the first day's fight at Gettysburg. Our regiment had been formed in line of battle and advanced a considerable distance towards the Federal lines. Our colors were very prominent in the center. Time after time they were shot down by the hot fire of infantry and artillery, and in all they fell fifteen times, sometimes the staff being broken and s