Michael Hardy, Civil War writer and North Carolina resident, will give a presentation on his latest book, General Lee’s Immortals:The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865, on Sunday July 22 at 2:00 pm, in the museum’s first-floor multi-purpose room.
Two decades after the end of the Civil War, former Confederate officer Riddick Gatlin bewailed the lack of a history of the famous Branch-Lane Brigade, within which he had served. “Who has ever written a line to tell of the sacrifices, the suffering and the ending of these more than immortal men?” he said. “Why has the history of that brigade not been written?” With the publication of Hardy’s book, Gatlin’s request is fulfilled.
This brigade was first led by North Carolinian Lawrence Branch until his death at Sharpsburg. From then on it was commanded by James H. Lane. The brigade served with Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during its entire existence. The history of that army can be told by the names seen on their battle flag, beginning with the Seven Days’ Battles and ending with the final roll call at Appomattox. Its roll call of casualties by the end of the war far exceeded its number of survivors.
Following his presentation, Mr. Hardy will autograph copies of his book. Books will be available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop.