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McCunn's Reserve Brigade

Private W K Bacon, 26th New York Infantry, Company F

Private W K Bacon, 26th New York Infantry, Company F

Twenty-sixth New York Infantry

Mustered in United States service for three months 21 May, 1861. Arrived at Washington, D. C., 22 June, 1861. Not engaged in the First battle of Bull Run. Remustered in United States service for three years 2 August, 1861

COLONEL W H CHRISTIAN
W H Christian was appointed colonel, 26th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL R H RICHARDSON
R H Richardson was appointed lieutenant colonel, 26th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

MAJOR G S JENNINGS
Captain G S Jennings, 26th New York Infantry, Company G, was appointed major, 26th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861.

Company A: CAPT. M CoSSELMAN
The company was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 1 May, 1861, and M Cosselman was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company A, on 4 July, 1861, dated 1 May, 1861.
Company B: CAPT. G A BLACKWELL
The company was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 1 May, 1861, and G A Blackwell was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company B, on 4 July, 1861, dated 1 May, 1861.
Company C: CAPT. J H FAIRBANKS
The company was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 3 May, 1861, and D Smith, Jr., was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company C, on 4 July, 1861, dated 3 May, 1861. Captain D Smith, Jr., was appointed first lieutenant and adjutant, 26th New York Infantry, on 17 May, 1861, and J H Fairbanks was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company C, on 4 July, 1861, dated 18 May, 1861. Captain J H Fairbanks, 26th New York Infantry, Company C, resigned on 7 August, 1861.
Company D Union Guards: CAPT. G ARROWSMITH
The company was organised at Hamilton, Madison County, New York, on 28 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 7 May, 1861. G Arrowsmith was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company D, on 4 July, 1861, dated 7 May, 1861.
Company E Utica Grenadiers: CAPT. A BReNDLE
The company was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 7 May, 1861, and A Brendle was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company E, on 4 July, 1861, dated 7 May, 1861. Captain A Brendle, 26th New York Infantry, Company E, was discharged on 7 August, 1861.
Company F: CAPT. E F WETMORE
The company was organised at Whitestown, Oneida County, New York, on 26 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 3 May, 1861. E F Wetmore was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company F, on 4 July, 1861, dated 3 May, 1861.
Company G: CAPT. C E JENNINGS
The company was organised at Rochester, Monroe County, New York, on 24 April, 1861, and was accepted in state service for two years, under the command of Captain G S Jennings, on 2 May, 1861. G S Jennings, 26th New York Infantry, Company G, was appointed major, 26th New York Infantry, on 20 June, 1861, dated 17 May, 1861, and C E Jennings was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company G, on 4 July, 1861, dated 18 May, 1861.
Company H: CAPT. T DAVIS
The company was organised and accepted in state service for two years at Rochester, Monroe County, New York, on 2 May, 1861, and T Davis was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company H, on 4 July, 1861, dated 2 May, 1861.
Company I: CAPT. J H PALMER
The company was organised at Oriskany Falls and Waterville, Oneida County, New York, on 10 May, 1861, and was accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 13 May, 1861. J H Palmer was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company I, on 4 July, 1861, dated 13 May, 1861.
Company K: CAPT. J B CARYL(E)
The company was accepted in state service for two years at Camden, Oneida County, New York, on 14 May, 1861, and J B Caryl(e) was appointed captain, 26th New York Infantry, Company K, on 4 July, 1861, dated 14 May, 1861.

Sources

"There are now at this rendezvous ninety companies of volunteers, seventy of which have been formed into regiments and officers elected, viz.: Buffalo regiment, Colonel W. T. Rogers; Syracuse regiment, Colonel E. L. Walrath; Rochester regiment, Colonel J. L. Quimby; Utica regiment, Colonel W. H. Christian; Cayuga regiment, Colonel J. S. Clark; Oswego regiment, Colonel T. Sullivan, and Southern Tier regiment, Colonel H. C. Hoffman."

New York Herald, Morning Edition (New York City, New York County, New York), 17 May, 1861 - The troops at Elmira, 16 May, 1861

"A train of cars arrived here at noon on Saturday, bringing the twenty-sixth New York regiment, direct from Elmira, where they have been encamped some time. The regiment numbers about 800, and is made up of well developed sinewy men. Their uniform is a dark grey jacket and pants."

"They went into camp north of the city immediately upon their arrival."

National Republican (Washington, D. C.), 24 June, 1861 - Arrival of the New York Twenty-sixth Regiment

"Fort Ellsworth, Alexandria, 25 July, 1861 - The Twenty-sixth New York, Col. Christian, after leaving Washington on Sunday, went as far as Fairfax, when we were turned back to this place. The men are now busy cuttingv down the trees around the fort, and making all necessary preparations to repel any attack. ."

Evening Star (Washington, D. C.), 25 July, 1861 - Matters over the river

Books/ Manuscripts

Glory was not their companion: The Twenty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry, by Paul Taylor

Reminiscences and letters of George Arrowsmith of New Jersey late lieutenant-colonel of the One hundred and fifty-seventh regiment, New York State Volunteers, by John S Applegate

Third Annual Assembly of the Bureau of Military Record, State of New York, transmitted to the legislature, Albany, 2 February, 1866: Historical sketches of the first thirty-eight regiments New York Volunteer Infantry, pp194-198

New York in the War of Rebellion, 1861-1865, Volume 3, by Frederick Phisterer.

Notes

The 26th New York Infantry was accepted in state service for two years and organised at New York City, New York County, New York, by Special Orders No.198, General Headquarters, State of New York, Adjutant General's Office, Albany, Albany County, New York, on 17 May, 1861.

Note: The 26th New York Infantry was ordered to rendezvous at Elmira, Chemung County, New York, under the call for 75,000 troops to serve three months by President A Lincoln on 15 April, 1861.

Accepted in state service, Utica, Oneida County; Rochester, Monroe County; & Hamilton, Madison County, New York, 1-14 May, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry, Companies A and B, were accepted in state service for two years at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 1 May, 1861; Companies G and H at Rochester, Monroe County, New York, on 2 May, 1861; Companies C and F at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 3 May, 1861; Company D at Hamilton, Madison County, New York, on 7 May, 1861; Company E at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 7 May, 1861; Company I at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 13 May, 1861, and Company K at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 14 May, 1861.

Elmira, Chemung County, New York, Companies D, E, F, & G, 16 May, 1861: The Union Guards (77), the Utica Grenadiers (77), Wetmore's Company (77), and Jennings' Company (77) were assigned to the 26th New York Infantry on 16 May, 1861.

Mustered for three months, Elmira, Chemung County, New York, 21 May, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry was mustered in United States service for three months at Elmira, Chemung County, New York, by Captain W L Elliott, United States Mounted Rifles, on 21 May, 1861.

Note: The 26th New York Infantry was stationed at Barracks No.3 or Post Barracks, on the Chemung River, south of West Water Street, one and a quarter miles west of Elmira, Chemung County, New York, on 29 May, 1861.

Department of Washington, 22 June-21 July, 1861

The 26th New York Infantry was stationed at Barracks No.3 or Post Barracks, on the Chemung River, south of West Water Street, one and a quarter miles west of Elmira, Chemung County, New York, on 21 June, 1861.

Barracks No.3 or Post Barracks, on the Chemung River, south of West Water Street, one and a quarter miles west of Elmira, Chemung County, New York, to Washington, D. C., 21-22 June, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry (772) was ordered to proceed by the Williamsport & Elmira Railroad to Washington, D. C., on 21 June, 1861, and arrived by the Northern Central Railroad at Bolton Station, at the junction of Bolton and North Howard Streets, Baltimore City, Maryland,via Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, at 8 AM on 22 June, 1861. The regiment arrived by the Washington Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, at Washington, D. C., via Annapolis Junction, Howard County, Maryland, at 12 PM the same day.

Washington to Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C., 22 June, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry arrived at Camp Van Valkenburgh, on Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C., on 22 June, 1861.

Department of Northeastern Virginia, 21-25 July, 1861

The 26th New York Infantry was stationed at Camp Van Valkenburgh, on Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C., between 22 June and 21 Juy, 1861.

Disposition of McCunn's Reserve Brigade, Army of McDowell, 21 July, 1861: Acting Brigadier General J H McCunn, 37th New York Infantry; 15th New York Infantry, Colonel J M Murphy, Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C.; 25th New York Infantry, Colonel J E Kerrigan, Camp Mansfield or Scott, east of the Capitol building grounds, on East Capitol and First Streets, Washington, D. C.; 26th New York Infantry, Colonel W H Christian, Camp Van Valkenburgh, on Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C.; 37th New York Infantry, Lieutenant Colonel J Burke, Camp Mary, on the Eastern Branch of the Potomac or Anacostia River, on East Capitol Street, half a mile northeast of the Congressional burying ground, on E Street, between Eighteenth and Nineteenth Streets, Washington, D. C.

Camp Van Valkenburgh, on Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C., to Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, 21 July, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry was ordered across the Potomac River by steamer at 12 PM on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at Sixth Street Wharf, Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, at 2 PM the same day.

Note: The 26th New York Infantry was assigned to McCunn's Brigade, McDowell's Army, under the command of Acting Brigadier General J H McCunn, 37th New York Infantry, and the sick were assigned to guard duty at Camp Van Valkenburgh, on Meridian Hill, west of Fourteenth Street Road, D. C., on 21 July, 1861 (See the 37th New York Infantry).

Alexandria & Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, 21 July, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Fairfax Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, in the afternoon on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at Springfield Station, Fairfax County, Virginia, the same day. The regiment was ordered to proceed by the Orange & Alexandria Railroad to Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, on 21 July, 1861, and arrived at Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, the same day.

Rendezvous at the corner of F Street, opposite the Treasury building, on Fifteenth Street, Washington, D. C., 24 July, 1861: The 15th New York Infantry, the 25th New York Infantry, the 26th New York Infantry, the 37th New York Infantry, the 40th New York Infantry, and the 27th Pennsylvania Infantry were ordered to rendezvous at the corner of F Street, opposite the Treasury building, on Fifteenth Street, Washington, D. C., at 12 PM on 24 July, 1861.

Note: The 26th New York Infantry was stationed in the vicinity of Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, one mile west of Alexandria, Alexandria County, Virginia, between 25 and 27 July, 1861.

Fort Ellsworth, on Shuter's Hill, one mile west of Alexandria, Alexandria County, to (Fairfax) Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, half a mile west of the Leesburg & Alexandria Turnpike, Fairfax County, Virginia, 27 July, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry arrived at Camp Maxwell, three miles west of the (Fairfax) Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary, half a mile west of the Leesburg & Alexandria Turnpike, Fairfax County, Virginia, on 27 July, 1861.

Remustered, 2 August, 1861: The 26th New York Infantry was mustered in United States service for the unexpired portion of its term of state service on 2 August, 1861.

Mustered out, Utica, Oneida County, New York, 24 & 28 May, 1863: The 26th New York Infantry, Companies H and K, under the command of Colonel R H Richardson, were mustered out at Utica, Oneida County, New York, on 24 May, on 1863, and Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and I on 28 May, 1863. The three years' men of the 26th New York Infantry were assigned to the 83 New York Infantry (formerly the 9th New York State Militia) on 26 May, 1863.

Organisation of Brigadier General S P Heintzelman's brigade, Division of the Potomac, 4 August, 1861: Brigadier General S P Hentzelman, United States Volunteers; 5th Maine Infantry; 16th New York Infantry; 26th New York Infantry; 27th New York Infantry; 2nd United States Artillery, Light Company A

Note: The 26th New York Infantry was assigned to Brigadier General S P Heintzelman's brigade, Division of the Potomac, by Special Orders No.10, Headquarters, Division of the Potomac, Washington, D. C., on 4 August, 1861.