26th Mississippi Infantry












The 7th Miss. was one of the original eight regiments called into state service at the first call for troops from Mississippi on March 9, 1861. The various companies were being enrolled from April to August and were being musted by various officers to include Brigadier General M.R.Clark, a physician who had lived in Franklin county, Miss.

The companies were moved to Natchez, where they boarded ships to the Gulf Coast in late August or early September. It was intended by Gov. John J. Pettus that the 7th would be one of three regiments and and a battalion used for coastal defense. It was organized on Sept 25, 1861, with headquarters at Bay St. Louis. The companies were scattered to Camp Goode at Shieldsboro, Camp Clark at Bay St. Louis, and at Pass Christian. The men suffered from camp fever, pneumonia and measles.

The regiment was ordered to join the Army of Tennessee, and they boarded a train bound for north Mississippi. Proceeding through Louisiana, the train was involved in a head-on collision at Ponchataoula, LA on Feb 27, 1862 with heavy loss of life (mostly in K Co- RWPP). (There was also a later train wreck involving the 7th in 1863, in Alabama. There were minor losses at this time).

The unit participated in the battle of Shiloh with and undetermined number of killed and wounded. Some records are incomplete, but it is believed that many who died shortly after Shiloh of typhoid fever were actually dying of wounds which induced fever. The unit was engaged at Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and the Atlanta Campaign. The fought at Kennesaw Mountain, Marietta, and Resaca and in two battles at Atlanta on Jul 22 and 28, 1863. They fought at Jonesboro, GA, and in the Tennessee Campaign at Franklin and Nashville.

Many men were wounded and sent to various hospitals (no official regimental musters have been found after August 1864. It was found that at the end of the hostilities, men were scattered from Mississippi to North Carolina. More is known about the men from Co A, E and K who were wholly or partly enlisted from Franklin county. It was found that many men were discharged and later joined other infantry, artillery or cavalry units. It is thought was was likely common in other companies as well. Pension records show that some men were wounded at places that are not shown on Confederate records.

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