The 21st North Carolina Troops (11th North Carolina Volunteers) was one of only two Tar Heel Confederate regiments that in 1865 could boast ""From Manassas to Appomattox."" The 21st North Carolina was the only North Carolina regiment with Stonewall Jackson during his 1862 Valley Campaign and remained with the same division throughout the war. It participated in every major battle fought by the Army of Northern Virginia except the 1864 Overland Campaign, when General Lee sent it on detached service to fight its own intense battles near New Bern and Plymouth.Written from the perspective of the 1,942 men who served in the regiment and filled with anecdotal material gleaned from over 700 letters and memoirs collected by the author, the book clearly positions the 21st North Carolina within the context of its service and in several cases sheds new light on accepted but often incorrect interpretations of events. Names such as Lee, Jackson, Hoke, Trimble, Hill, Early, Ramseur and Gordon charge through the pages as the Carolina regiment gains a name for itself. Suffering a 50 percent casualty rate over the four years, only 67 of the 920 young men and boys who began the war surrendered to Grant at its end.
Lee W. Sherrill, Jr, has covered most noted venues between Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Atlanta Georgia in his 20-years of researching the 21st North Carolina's role in the Army of Northern Virginia. In addition to numerous articles and pertinent presentations, Sherrill's work includes a comprehensive history of Kirkland's Confederate brass band of the 21st North Carolina. He lives in Oxford, North Carolina.