We have recently learned, that whilst our friends from North Carolina do not now claim that their men entered the enemy's works, as some of Pickett's did, yet they say that as the point where Pickett's men struck these works they were further advanced to the front than where Pettigrew's men struck them, and as ‘Captain Satterfield and other North Carolinians of the 55th North Carolina fell within nine yards of the wall, this settles it that the men from this State (North Carolina), fairly earned the title “Farthest at Gettysburg.” ’ Note by the editor North Carolina Regiments, ‘61-65, Vol. V, p. 101. We remark in the first place that the 55th North Carolina was in Davis' Brigade, the furthest brigade to the left (save one) in the ‘charging column,’ and being without any support, as explained by General Lane, we thought it was conceded that this brigade and Brockenbrough's were the first troops to give way. But surely our friends are not basing their claim on any such narrow and technical ground as is here indicated, and as surely this is not the meaning they intended to convey by this claim. We might as well claim that the picket on the flank of Meade's army or captured within his lines, was ‘farthest to the front.’ Every soldier knows that the ‘front’ of an army is wherever its line of battle is (whether that line is zigzag or straight), and the opposing troops which penetrate that line are farther to the front, than those which do not. We have shown, we think, conclusively, that the Virginians under Pickett did penetrate the enemy's line on the 3d of July, 1863, in the famous charge at Gettysburg, and that the North Carolinians, under Pettigrew and Trimble, did not. Another ground on which, we understand, North Carolina bases this claim is, that the losses in Pettigrew's and Trimble's Divisions in this battle were greater than those of Pickett. All the statistics of losses, we have seen, of the battle of Gettysburg include those in the different commands in all three days combined. Since, therefore, Pettigrew's and Trimble's men were engaged in the battles of the first day, as well as those of the third, and as Pickett's were only engaged on the third day, of course, the losses of the first two divisions in the two days' battles were greater than those of the last named in the one day's battle. If our friends from North Carolina would adopt the language of her gallant son, Captain Ashe, from whom we have already quoted, and say of Gettysburg:
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Battle of South Mountain .
The Confederate States ' flag.
Passing of the monitor Scorpion .
First shot of the war was fired in the air.
Robert Edward Lee .
How the South got chemicals during the war.
General John Morgan , [from the New Orleans Picayune , July 5 , 1903 .]
The best collection.
Biographical sketch of Major-General Patrick . R. Cleburne .
New Market day at V. M. I. [from the Richmond, Va. , times-dispatch, June 24 , 1903 .
Old cadets numerous.
The paper in question.
Hunter Holmes McGuire , M. D., Ll. D.
The burning of Chambersburg, Penn. [from the New Orleans, La. , Picayune, August 2 , 1903 .]
History of Crenshaw Battery ,
This famous organization participated in forty-eight Engagements and many skirmishes.
City Battalion, Richmond, Va. [from the Richmond, Va. , times-dispatch, February 14 , 1904 .]
The First Marine torpedoes were made in Richmond, Va. , and used in James river .
North Carolina and Virginia .
First at Bethel ; farthest to the front at Gettysburg and Chickamauga ; last at Appomattox .
As to Gettysburg .
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