Company C. Twenty-Sixth Infantry

     This Company was made up largely of men from Millersburg and vicinity.  The rest of the Company was from Bond County.  It was organized August 23, 1861, and mustered into service the same day.  George W. Keener of Bond County, was elected Captain Thomas L. Vest of the same county, first lieutenant and James A. Dugger of Millersburg, second lieutenant.  Dugger was upon the resignation of the captain, and again of the first lieutenant, promoted to each position and in the office of captain he was serving when he was killed, July 16, 1863.  James H. Comer of Millersburg, served awhile as second lieutenant, and James Maines and John McAllister of the same place, each served as first lieutenants.  This Company was, however, considered a Bond County Company and in the main was officered by men from that county.  Seventeen members formerly residents of Mercer County, were either killed or met their death from disease contracted in the army.
The 26th regiment was partially organized at Camp Butler, August 31, 1861 and were ordered to Quincy for the protection of that place. Their first arms were as primitive as could be desired, being simply hickory clubs.  During the latter part of the year they changed their munitions of war to something but little better, the old English musket.  These did quite well, however, as they were not called upon to put them into active use until three other companies (the original number being seven) were added.  The marches, engagements, skirmishes and privations, from that time forth, were all that the most heroic could desire.  At New Madrid, the regiment was first engaged after which Fort Pillow, siege of Corinth (Co. G of this regiment being the first to enter after evacuation), Luka, siege of Jackson (where Captain Dugger was killed), Mission Ridge, were scenes of conflict in which the regiment was engaged.  At the last named place the regiment suffered greatly, losing in killed and wounded one-tenth of the regiment. On June 1, 1864, there were only 515 men present ready for duty, of whom 463 re-enlisted as veterans.  After a home furlough the regiment went on the Atlanta campaign, thence to Savannah and finally through the Carolinas, and participated in the grand review at Washington.  The general features of the marches and engagements are so fully given in this book in the course of other regiments that details and repetition are not considered advisable at this time.

 

Transcribed by Denise Border

 

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