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26th Mississippi Infantry (CSA)

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26th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

26th Infantry Regiment was organized during the summer of 1861 at Iuka, Mississippi. Many of the men were from Prentiss, Itawamba, Tishomingo, Perry, and De Soto counties. The regiment moved to Tennessee and was one of the units captured at Fort Donelson. In this fight it lost 12 killed and 69 wounded of the 39 officers and 404 men engaged. After being exchanged, it was assigned to General Tilghman's and J. Adams' Brigade, Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana. The unit reported 7 casualties at Coffeeville, totalled 420 effectives in April, 1863, and lost 2 killed, 5 wounded, and 10 missing at Champion's Hill. In February, 1864, it was ordered to Virginia and placed in J.R. Davis' Brigade. It fought at Cold Harbor, endured the battles and hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and ended the war at Appomattox. Only 4 officers and 8 men surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia. The field officers were Colonel Arthur E. Reynolds, Lieutenant Colonel F.M. Boone, and Major Tully F. Parker.

Major Engagements and Events of the 26th Miss:

  * Fort Donelson, Tenn (Feb. 12-16, 1862)

* Fort Donelson Captives in Prison after the Surrender (Feb.-Sept. 1862)
* Exchanged and Reorganized (Sept. 1862)
* Coffeeville, Miss (Dec. 5, 1862)
* Fort Pemberton, Miss (Mar.-Apr. 1863)
* Willow Creek, Miss (May 3, 1863)
* Champion Hill, Miss (May 16, 1863)
* Siege of Jackson, Miss (July 1863)
* Detached Duty in the Volunteer and Conscript Bureau (July 1863-Feb. 1864)
* Meridian (Miss) Campaign (Feb.-Mar. 1864)
* Ordered to the Eastern Theatre (Mar. 24, 1864)
* The Wilderness, Va (May 5-6, 1864)
* Spotsylvania, Va (May 8-21, 1864)
* North Anna, Va (May 23-26, 1864)
* Bethesda Church, Va (May 31, 1864)
* Cold Harbor, Va (June 1-3, 1864)
* Siege of Petersburg, Va (June 1864-Apr. 1865)
* Weldon Railroad, Va (Aug. 18-22, 1864)
* Hatcher's Run (Feb 5-7, 1865)
* Appomattox Campaign (Mar. 25-Apr. 9, 1865)
* Surrender of the Majority of the Regiment at Hatcher's Run (Apr. 2, 1865)
* Hatcher's Run Captives in Prison after the Surrender (Apr.-June 1865)
* Twelve Men Surrender with Lee at Appomattox (Apr. 9, 1865)

Regimental Officers and Staff of the 26th Miss


   Arthur Exum Reynolds-Jacinto

Lieutenant Colonel

   Francis Marion Boone-Booneville (No dates; Unknown site on Wilderness Battlefield)


   Tully Francis Parker-Marietta


   William P. Curlee-Holly Springs (11/22/33 -5/17/78; Old Corinth City Cemetery, Corinth, MS) 

James A. Conner-Jacinto

   James M. Taylor-Rienzi 

R.N. Venable-Lamar
John C. Merrill-Baltimore, MD
William M. Bryant-Harpersville, Ala
Assistant Surgeons

   William J. Rogers-Marietta (4/23/30 - 11/30/89; Marietta Cemetery, Marietta, MS) 

Thomas J. Caldwell-Starkville

   James Files Gresham-Bay Springs (11/1/20 - 2/27/91; Old Mackey's Creek Cemetery, Tishomingo Co., MS) 

George Cox, Jr.-Corinth (4/11/38 - 5/19/12; Old Corinth City Cemetery, Corinth, MS)

   John L. Walker-Marietta 

James Files Gresham-Bay Springs

   A.H. Booth-Rienzi 

M.B. Chapman-(No Record)

   John D. (Jack) Jones-Corinth or Yellow Creek, Ala

Sergeant Majors

   James M. Murdaugh-Burnsville or Holly Springs 

Daniel Thaddeus Beall-Rienzi
William C. McDougal-Florence, Ala
Oliver Tyrannus Cowen-Burnsville

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