This famous brigade gained its notoriety at Gettysburg , Bristoe Station and Reams Station (Petersburg) to name just a few. Once one of the largest brigades in Lee’s army, tremendous losses at Gettysburg and Bristoe Station will reduce its numbers greatly. Lee will state that the North Carolina Brigade never let him down . First commanded by General J. Johnston Pettigrew until his death at Falling Waters. General William W. Kirkland would be the next commander from Bristoe Station until Cold Harbor. General William MacRae will be the last commander.