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26th Massachusetts Infantry
in the Civil War

Regimental History
Twenty-sixth Infantry. — Cols., Edward F. Jones, Alpha B. Farr, William H. Chapman; Lieut.-Cols., Alpha B. Farr, Josiah A. Sawtell, William H. Chapman, John S. Cooke; Majs., Josiah A. Sawtell, Eusebius S. Clark, William H. Chapman, Seth Bonney. This regiment contained a large number of the members of the 6th militia regiment, and was mustered in for three years at Lowell from Aug. 28 to Oct. 18, 1861. A larger number of its members reenlisted than of any other Massachusetts regiment and it was not mustered out till Aug. 28, 1865, at Savannah. Ga, It numbered 1,489 men and lost 64 by death from wounds and 171 from disease or imprisonment. It left Lowell on Nov. 19, 1861, and arrived at Ship island, Miss., on Dec. 3. Here it encamped for the winter and on April 15, 1862, started for New Orleans. It garrisoned the quarantine station, Forts St. Philip and Jackson till July, when it proceeded to New Orleans, which was headquarters until June 20, 1863. It was then assigned to the Department of the Gulf and moved to La Fourche crossing and repulsed the enemy there, but was obliged to fall back to Jefferson Station, a more tenable position. Expeditions in the neighborhood of New Orleans followed and December found the regiment encamped at New Iberia. Jan., 1864, was spent at Franklin and then the regiment, except the veterans sent home on furlough, encamped at Carrollton, near New Orleans, till June. An expedition to Morganza was undertaken in June, after which the 26th, with other regiments, was ordered to Bermuda Hundred, Va., where it arrived on July 21. It joined in the strategic movements preceding the battle of Winchester and participated in that battle and those of Cedar creek and Fisher's hill. It was stationed for a short time at Washington and then ordered to Savannah, Ga., where it remained till mustered out.

Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing Company, 1908 - Volume 1

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