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26th New York
Roster - Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York For the Year
1893, Volume 21 View the Entire Book
|Twenty-sixth New York Infantry. Cols., William H. Christian, Richard A.
Richardson; Lieut. -Cols., Richard A. Richardson, Gilbert S. Jennings; Majs. Gilbert S.
Jennings, Ezra F. Wetmore. The 26th, the 2nd Oneida regiment, was composed of six
companies from Oneida county, two from Monroe, one from Tioga and one from Madison, and
was mustered into the U. S. service May 21, 1861, at Elmira, for a three months' term. It
left the state on June 19, for Washington; camped for a month on Meridian hill; then moved
to Alexandria; was stationed in that vicinity at various points during the autumn, and
established winter quarters at Fort Lyon, where it was attached to Wadsworth's brigade.
When the advance of the army commenced in March, 1862, it was assigned to the 1st brigade,
2nd division, Department of the Rappahannock for a month, and it then became a part of the
2nd brigade, 2nd division, 3d corps, Army of Virginia. Under special orders from the war
department the regiment was remustered on Aug. 21, 1861, for the remainder of two years'
service. The regiment was present at Cedar mountain and participated in the campaign in
Virginia under Gen. Pope, losing in the second battle of Bull Run 169 in killed, wounded
and missing. On Sept. 12, it was assigned to the 2nd brigade, 2nd division, 1st corps,
Army of the Potomac, and was active at South mountain and Antietam. At the battle of
Fredericksburg it met with its heaviest loss. Out of 300 members engaged 170 were killed,
wounded or missing, of whom 51 were mortally wounded. After the battle winter quarters
were established at Belle Plain and occupied, except during the "Mud March,"
until the Chancellorsville movement in the spring of 1863, during which the regiment
performed advance picket duty. It was mustered out at Utica, May 28, 1863, having lost 108
members by death from wounds and 42 by death from other causes.
Regimental history taken from "The Union Army" by Federal Publishing
Company, 1908 - Volume 2