Today marks the 148th anniversary of the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg). The bloodiest single day of the war, Antietam saw some major contributions from North Carolina troops. George B. Anderson's brigade in the slaughter pen of the "Bloody Lane" (Anderson would die of his wounds suffered there). John R. Cooke's 27th North Carolina, along with the 3rd Arkansas, making a desperate charge to help repulse the Federal 12th Corps from the Dunker Church sector. To name just a few.
Some recommended reading:
Landscape Turned Red, by Stephen Sears
Three volume study, by the late Joseph L. Harsh,
Taken At the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862
Confederate Tide Rising: Robert E. Lee and the Making of Southern Strategy 1861-1862
Sounding the Shallows: A Confederate Companion for the Maryland Campaign of 1862
The Antietam Campaign, edited by Gary Gallagher
The Maryland Campaign of September 1862 Vol: 1, by Ezra Carman, edited by Thomas Clemens. Keep an eye out for the 2nd volume.
Antietam: The Soldier's Battle, by John Michael Priest. Good collection of primary sources.
And last but certainly not least, Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America's Bloodiest Day , by William Frassanito.