Confederate Regiments & Batteries > Georgia


1861
October Finished organization as the 13th Regiment at Bruswick, Georgia under Colonel Carey Wentworth Styles, Lt. Colonel William A. Lane, and Major Thomas N. Gardner.
Served at St. Simons Island and Savannah in the Department of Georgia
1862
May 9 The regiment was reorganized as the 26th Georgia Infantry. Colonel Styles resiged and Lt. Colonel Lane and Major Gardner retired. Captain Edmund N. Atkinson was elected Colonel and Captain Eli S. Griffin of Company E was elected to major.
mid-June Moved from Georgia to Virginia with 1,100 officers and men. Attached to Lawton’s Brigade, Jackson’s Division, Army of the Valley.
June 27
Battle of Gaines’ Mill
August 20 Attached to Lawton’s Brigade, Ewell’s Division, Jackson’s Command, Army of Nothern Virginia
August 28
Battle of Groveton

The regiment suffered heavy casualties fighting against the Union Iron Brigade.

August 29-30
Second Battle of Manassas

The regiment lost 37 men killed and 87 wounded. Major Griffin was wounded.

September 17
Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam)

The regiment fought in the Cornfield, losing 6 men killed, 49 wounded and 6 missing. Colonel Atkinson was badly wounded.

December 3 Major Griffin was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
December 13
Battle of Fredericksburg

The regiment lost 53 casualties. Colonel Atkinson returned from his Sharpsburg wound to take command, and was given temporary command of the brigade during the battle. Colonel Atkinson led the counterattack that threw back Meade’s penetration of the Confederate lines, but was wounded in the arm and captured at the front of the attack.

December Colonel Atkinson was paroled and and exchanged. Captain James S. Blain was promoted to major.
1863
April 11 Attached to Gordon’s Brigade of Early’s Division of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia
May 1-4
Battle of Chancellorsville
June 13-15 Second Battle of Winchester

The regiment lost 12 casualties.

July 1-3
Battle of Gettysburg

The regiment was commanded by Colonel Edmund N. Atkinson and brought 315 men to the field. It lost 2 men killed, 13 wounded and 17 missing.

August 12 Lieutenant Colonel Griffin resigned. Major Blain was promoted to lieutenant colonel and Captain Benjamin F. Grace of Company M was promoted to major.
1864
May 4-5
Battle of the Wilderness
May 12
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Commanded by Colonel Atkinson.

May 21 Attached to Evan’s Brigade of Gordon’s Division of the Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia
June 13 Attached to Evans’ Brigade of Gordon’s Division of the Army of the Valley
June 17-18 Battle of Lynchburg
June 19-21 Pursuit of Hunter
June 22 Day of rest at Salem
June 23-26 Advance into the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton
June 28-July 2 Advance from Staunton to near Harpers Ferry
July 5-6 Crossed the Potomac at Boteler’s Ford and advances to west of Frederick
July 9
Battle of Monocacy
July 10 The advance on Washington continues through an extremely hot day.
July 11-12
Battle of Fort Stevens
July 13-15 Left Washington, crossed the Potomac at White’s Ford, and marched across Loudon County.
July 16 Crossed the Blue Ridge at Snickers Gap to Berryville
July 19 Moved to Strasburg
July 24
Second Battle of Kernstown
August 8 At Bunker Hill
August 10 To Winchester
August 12 To Fisher’s Hill
August 17 Returned to Winchester and Bunker Hill.
August 22 To Charles Town
August 25-26 Feint toward Williamsport and return to Bunker Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Blain was wounded in the shoulder.
September 5 To Winchester
September 19
Third Battle of Winchester
September 22
Battle of Fisher’s Hill

Colonel Atkinson was captured for the third (and final) time.

October 19
Battle of Cedar Creek
December 9 Returned with Gordon’s Division from the Shenandoah Valley to the Richmond area. Attached to Gordon’s Division, Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
1865
February 6
Battle of Hatcher’s Run

Major Grace was killed.

April 9
Appomattox Court House

The regiment surrendered 85 men, of whom 4 officers and 34 enlisted men were armed.