26th Infantry Regiment

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The Twenty-Sixth Infantry Regiment was organized at Charleston, South Carolina in September, 1862, by consolidating the 6th and 9th Battalions South Carolina Infantry. After serving in South Carolina, the Twenty-Sixth moved to Mississippi, was placed in N.G. Evans' Brigade, and confronted the enemy at Jackson, Mississippi. In October of 1863, there were 343 men present for duty in the 26th Regiment. The regiment returned to Charleston and from there was sent to Virginia in the spring of 1864 where they were assigned to Elliott's and Wallace's Brigade. The Twenty-Sixth participated in the long Peterburg seige. The regiment sustained 72 causalities at the Petersburg mine explosion and lost many men at Saylor's Creek. The Twenty-Sixth Regiment ended the war at Appomattox surrendering with 8 officers and 113 men. The field officers of the Twenty-Sixth Regiment were Colonel Alexander D. Smith, Lieutenant Colonels Stephen D. M. Byrd, and Joshua H. Hudson, Majors Ceth S. Land, and Cornelius D. Rowell.

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