The Civil War in the East

26th New York Infantry Regiment "2nd Oneida Regiment"

The 26th lost 5 officers and 101 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 42 enlisted men to disease, a total of 148.


Timeline of the 26th New York Infantry Regiment

May 21, 1861

Organized at Elmira, N.Y., and mustered in under Colonel William H. Christian, Lieutenant Colonel Richard H. Richardsonand Major Gilbert S. Jennings

June 19

Left State for Washington, D.C.

June 20

Arrived in Washington. Attached to McCunn's Brigade, Army of Northeast Virginia and duty in the Defenses of Washington, D. C., and at Fort Lyon

June 21

Marched 11 miles toward Bull Run, meeting the returning army, and returned to Alexandria


Attached to Heintzelman's Brigade, Division of the Potomac


Attached to Slocum's Brigade, Franklin's Division, Army of the Potomac


Attached to Wadsworth's Command, Defenses of Washington

May, 1862

Attached to 1st Brigade, Ord's Division, Dept. of the Rappahannock

October 3

Expedition to Pohick Church, Va.


Duty near Fredericksburg, Va.

May 25-June 18

Expedition to Front Royal


Attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 3rd Corps, Pope's Army of Virginia


Duty at Manassas, Warrenton and Culpeper

August 9

Battle of Cedar Mountain

August 16

Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia

August 21-23

Fords of the Rappahannock

August 28

Thoroughfare Gap

August 29

Battle of Groveton

August 30

Battle of 2nd Bull Run

The regiment lost 4 officers and 50 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded (including Captains Casselman and G. S. Jennings and Lieutenant Leonard), 2 officers and 87 enlisted men wounded and 25 enlisted men missing or captured. Colonel Christian took command of the brigade, leaving Lt. Colonel Richardson in command of the regiment

September 1

Battle of Chantilly

September 6-22

Maryland Campaign; attached to 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac

September 14

Battle of South Mountain

The regiment suffered two wounded

September 16-17

Battle of Antietam

The regiment was commanded by Lt. Colonel Richardson while Colonel Christian commanded the brigade. It lost 7 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 39 enlisted men wounded and 20 enlisted men missing or captured.

Saptember 18

At Sharpsburg, Md.

September 19 - 20

Colonel Christian resigned. Lieutenant Colonel Richardson promoted to colonel, Major Jennings to lieutenant colonel and Captain Ezra F. Wetmore of Company F to major.

October 30-
November 19

Movement to Falmouth, Va.

November 20

At Brook's Station

December 12-15

Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost Adjutant WIlliam K. Baker and 43 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, Lieutenant Colonel Jennings, 9 other officers and 103 enlisted men wounded, and 11 enlisted men missing or captured.

January 20-24, 1863

"Mud March"


At Falmouth and Belle Plains

April 27

Chancellorsville Campaign

May 6

Operations at Pollock's Mill Creek

May 1-5

Battle of Chancellorsville

May 28, 1863

Three hundred fifty men mustered out under Colonel Richardson, Lieutenant Colonel Jennings and Major Wetmore. Three years men transferred to 97th Regiment New York Infantry.