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Organized at Norwich November 10, 1862. Left State for East New York November 12, thence sailed for Ship Island and New Orleans, La., November 29, arriving December 16. Attached to Sherman's Division, Dept. of the Gulf, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 19th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf, to August, 1863.

SERVICE.--Duty at Camp Parapet until May, 1863. Moved to Springfield Landing May 20. Siege of Port Hudson May 24-July 9. Assaults on Port Hudson May 27 and June 14. Surrender of Port Hudson July 9. Mustered out August 17, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 51 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 89 Enlisted men by disease. Total 145.

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The Twenty-Sixth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers was recruited in New London and Windham counties, and rendezvoused at Camp Russell, Norwich. It numbered eight hundred and ten (810) men, and left the State for Camp Buckingham, Centerville, L. I., Nov. 13th, 18G2. It was commanded by Col. Thomas G. Kingsley, and was attached to General Banks army corps.

Its first general engagement was May 27th, 1863, in an assault on Port Hudson, in which it bore a conspicuous part, and distinguished itself by its energetic action. The regiment occupied the third line in the assault, and was exposed to a murderous fire of shell, shot, grape and canister, which mowed them down by scores. As it advanced the ranks were thinned, until after an hour s severe fighting the men were compelled to seek shelter behind stumps and logs. The Generals commanding Division and Brigade were both wounded, as was also Colonel Kingsley, commanding the regiment. Its total loss during the engagement was one hundred and seven (107) officers and men.

On the 13th of June the regiment, commanded by Lieut.-Colonel Selden, participated in a skirmish before Port Hudson, and sustained a loss of eight (8) men in killed and wounded. Again on the 14th it was engaged with the enemy before Port Hudson, and sustained a loss of fifty-nine (59) officers and men killed and wounded. The records show that when the 26th came out of the assault its loss was nearly one-half that of the entire brigade. It took into action two hundred and thirty-five (235) officers and men, none of whom faltered, but each one doing all that was required of him, and performing his duty to the utmost of his ability. That it distinguished itself for bravery, fidelity and endurance during the entire siege, is conceded by all who witnessed its gallant deeds.

The official reports received from this regiment by the Adjutant General are very meager, giving only the casualties ; consequently a more detailed summary of its services cannot be given. The regiment returned to Connecticut and was mustered out of service at Norwich, on the 17th of August, 1863.

The regiment took part in the following general ENGAGEMENTS.

Port Hudson, La., May 27th, 1863. Loss in killed, 1 commissioned officer, 5 enlisted men; wounded, 7 commissioned officers, 93 enlisted men ; missing, 1 enlisted man. Total loss, 107.
Port Hudson, La., June 13th and 14th, 1863. Loss in killed, 9 enlisted men; wounded, 2 commissioned officers, 58 enlisted men. Total loss, 67.

CASUALTIES.

Killed in action, - - - - - 15
Died of wounds, 30
Died of disease, - - - - - 72
Discharged prior to muster-out of regiment, - 52

Total:---169

Reference: Connecticut Volunteer Organizations, (Infantry, Cavalry and Artillery) in the Service of the United States 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, etc, etc, and Brief Summaries, Showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries. Prepared from records in the Adjutant-General's Office.

C. M. INGERSOL, Adjutant-general.
HARTFORD: Brown and Gross, 1869