26th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Confederate)
Brief History[edit | edit source]
26th Infantry Regiment was organized during May and June, 1861, with men recruited in the counties of Gloucester, King and Queen, and Mathews. It was transferred to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek and on April 9, 1865, there were 15 officers and 81 men present. The field officers were Colonels Charles A. Crump and Powhatan R. Page; Lieutenant Colonel James C. Coucill; and Majors Patrick H. Fitzhugh, Joshua L. Garrett, William K. Perrin, and William H. Wheelwright. 
Companies in this Regiment with the Counties of Origin[edit | edit source]
Men often enlisted in a company recruited in the counties where they lived though not always. After many battles, companies might be combined because so many men were killed or wounded. However if you are unsure which company your ancestor was in, try the company recruited in his county first.
Company A (The York River Rifles)
Company B (R. C. Kerr's Company) - many men from Jackson, Mississippi
Company C (The King and Queen Minute Men)- many men from King and Queen County
Company D (Captain Alexander James' Company) - many men from Mathews County
Company E (The Lincoln Hunters)
Company F (The Gloucester Invincibles)
Company G (The Clifton Guards) - many men from King and Queen County
Company H (The King and Queen Guards) - many men from King and Queen County
Company I (The Jackson Grays) - many men from King and Queen County
Company K (The Gloucester Grays)
The information above is from 26th Virginia Infantry, by Alex. L. Wiat
Other Sources[edit | edit source]
- Beginning United States Civil War Research gives steps for finding information about a Civil War soldier or sailor. It covers the major records that should be used. Additional records are described in Virginia in the Civil War and United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865.
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, is searchable by soldier's name and state. It contains basic facts about soldiers on both sides of the Civil War, a list of regiments, descriptions of significant battles, sources of the information, and suggestions for where to find additional information.
- Virginia in the Civil War describes many Confederate and Union sources, specifically for Virginia, and how to find them.. These include compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865 describes and explains United States and Confederate States records, rather than state records, and how to find them. These include veterans’ censuses, compiled service records, pension records, rosters, cemetery records, Internet databases, published books, etc.
- Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Virginia. New York, NY: Facts on File, 1992- 1995. (Family History Library book 975 M2ss, Ten Volumes.) This gives organization information for each unit and its field officers, assignments, and battles. It also lists sources further reading. Volume 5 is for Virginia.
- Wallace, Lee A. A Guide to Virginia Military Organizations, 1861-1865. Lynchburg, Virginia: H. E. Howard, 1986. (Family History Library book 975.5 M2vr, Volume 29.) This gives brief historical sketches of each regiment and lists officers, company names, and commanders.
- Wiatt, Alexander Lloyd. 26th Virginia Infantry. (Lynchburg, Virginia : H.E. Howard, c1984), FHL book 975.5 M2vr v. 13 and Confederate chaplain, William Edward Wiatt, an annotated diary. FHL book 975.5 M2vc v. 47.
References[edit | edit source]
- National Park Service, The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, (accessed 6 December 2010).