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26th North Carolina Regimental Band

26th North Carolina Regimental Band

Members of the Salem Moravian Church Band joined the Confederacy and marched with the 26th North Carolina Regiment throughout the Civil War. The original photograph was taken in July or August 1862, while the soldiers were on furlough in Salem.

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  1. Missing from this photo, apparently because he was ill, is the drummer, W.A. Reich. Later, as Gus Rich, he became famous throughout the South as a magician.

    Future NC governor Zeb Vance was a colonel in this regiment. While he was governor, the band serenaded him at his hotel in Salem.

  2. […] minister but also a very good musician. His grandfather, in fact, had been the leader of the 26th North Carolina Regimental Band during the Civil War.┬áIt was from Mr. Mickey that I learned that liturgy isn’t a meaningless […]

  3. Thank you both for your excellent comments!

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