Commanding Officer on the Sharpsburg Campaign:
Col. Edmund N. Atkinson
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.
On the Sharpsburg 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.
Initial Strength: not known; Killed in Action (KIA): 6; Wounded (WIA): 49; Missing in Action (MIA): 6;
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Detail Map #1: Hookers First Corps Sweeps Down the Hagerstown Pike (5-7 am)
Battlefield Tablets for this Unit
We have 12 individuals in the AotW database who were on the Maryland Campaign with this unit:
|Guest, Miles J.
|Jones, III, James Perry
|Mitchell, John A.
|Harris, Jr., Hampton
|Rice, David P.
|Stephens, Isham E.
|Atkinson, Edmund Nathan
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