26th Georgia Infantry
|Commanding Officer: |
Col. Edmund N. Atkinson
|Map Showing this Unit:|
Detail Map #1: Hookers I Corps' Sweeps Down the Pike
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit:
Tablet #314: Jackson's Command - 15 Sep, 4 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
Tablet #326: Ewell's Division, Jackson's Command - 15 Sep, 6 PM to 16 Sep, 10 PM
Tablet #343: Lawton's Brigade, Ewell's Division - 16 Sep, 10 PM to 17 Sep, 7 AM
Tablet #315: Jackson's Command - 17 Sep, 5 AM to 17 Sep, 10 AM
This Regiment's Chain of Command:
Army - Army of Northern Virginia
Corps - Jackson's Command
Division - Ewell's Division
Brigade - Lawton's Brigade
History of the Unit:
Originally the 13th Georgia Regiment, made up of militia companies from Southeastern Georgia Counties, upon its reorganization the regiment was designated the 26th Georgia Regiment.
The regiment remained on the Georgia coast for about a year and then was sent by rail to Virginia where they joined Robert E. Lee's Army. The 26th was first engaged in action at Gaine's Mill one of the 7 Days Battles around Richmond where the huge Federal Army under Gen. George McClellan was defeated and forced to retreat. The Gaine's Mill action was fought on June 27, 1862.
The 26th Georgia was first assigned to A. R. Lawton's Brigade in the Second Corps (Stonewall Jackson) of the Army of Northern Virginia. The Brigade was the largest in the army.
Lee next turned his attention to Gen. Edwin Pope who was marauding in the Manassas area of Virginia. Here in a stand-up fight with the Iron Brigade of Wisconsin, the 26th Georgia was decimated. This first day's battle was August 28.
In the Antietam Campaign:
Lawton's Brigade and the 26th Georgia were positioned at the south of the infamous "cornfield." They bore the brunt of Hooker's early morning attack. In a short time half of the Brigade's soldiers were casualties.
More on the Web:
See much more detail about the 26th's history and organization at the csawardept.com
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