26th OHIO VETERAN
VOLUNTEER
INFANTRY
Jeffrey A. Hill
Webmaster:
WELCOME TO THE FIRST WEB
SITE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO
THE HONORABLE SERVICE OF THE
26TH OVVI VETERANS DURING
THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR.

If you are a descendant, or have  any
information regarding the 26th Ohio
Veteran Volunteer Infantry or any of
its soldiers,  you are welcome to submit
information to be placed on the web
page.   
( Your identifying information
will not be shared with anyone else
unless you provide us permission to do
so.)
You can also list your name and
email address on our descendant's
page.  ( See Privacy Policy below.)


This web page is  dedicated to
preserving the memory of the 26th
OVVI, and is for educational and
research purposes only.

The Twenty-sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteer
Infantry was officially organized at Camp Chase
( Columbus, Ohio) from June 8-24, 1861 to serve
for three years.  As such, the regiment was one of
the first to answer President Abraham Lincoln's
call to defend the Union.

Throughout the War, nearly 1200 men were part
of the 26th at one time or another, most as direct
enlistment volunteers, but others as transfers
from other regiments ( most commonly the 97th
OVI).  During the  War, 122  were killed or
mortally wounded, 13 died as Prisoners of  War
( most of them at Andersonville ), 85 died from
disease, 245 were disabled from combat, 112 were
discharged (probably due to serious illness or
injury), 48 transferred out to other regiments, 441
were mustered out at the end of their term, one
deserted, and records are incomplete for 149
soldiers.  
( Official Roster)

Of the 903 three year regiments in the War, with
122 killed or mortally wounded in combat, the
26th ranked in the top 250 in number of killed in
battle, or in the top 27%  in terms of number of
soldiers killed.  (The average number of soldiers
killed in battle  per three year  regiment was 80.)
(American Civil War Database).  The regiment is also
designated on historian William H Fox's list of:
" Three Hundred Fighting Regiments". (
Fox Compendium)

The regiment fought in many well known major  
Western Theater campaigns including:  Stones
River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca,
New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Dallas,
Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy's
Station, Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville. The
regiment also fought in dozens of lesser known
battles or skirmishes.   The regiment also is noted
for routing famous Confederate General Forrest's
Cavalry  on several occasions.

The bloodiest day for the regiment was on 9/19/63
at Chickamauga.  The regiment lost 56% of its
fighting force that day during the fierce battles
that took place in the Viniard Fields area.  A
beautiful large monument is erected at that site
just off Lafayette Road.    ( Go to Regimental
Monuments page  for pictures and more
information).

Note: The  background of this page is the front face
of the 26th Ohio  Monument  at the Viniard Field,
Chickamauga Battleground, Georgia
.

We are interested in photos, stories,
letters, or any other items of interest
you would be willing to share.   Email
us at:
the26thohio@aol.com

Click on any of the buttons to the left to visit
other pages on the web sit
e.
Regimental History
Regimental Roster
Descendant's Page
Photos and Maps
the26thohio@aol.com
Soldiers' Stories
Regimental Flag Photos
Selected References
Soldiers' Burial Sites
Major Engagements
"Some Gave All..."
Regimental Monuments
The music on the web site is authentic from the Civil
War period.
For more info visit:   
contemplator.com
The song on this page:  The Girl I Left Behind Me.
Companies' Histories
Note: All Photos are the webmaster's unless
otherwise credited
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person visiting and/or placing information on this
web site will be shared with anyone else without  
expressed written email consent.  Signing the
Guestbook represents written consent for the
Guestbook entry only to be viewed by others, unless
the viewing is denied permission by the signer.
Click on the Award to go to the
Infantry Regimental Site Award
Web site; We are on the 4th page
Favorite Links
Regiment's Movement Map
" The Groundhog  Regiment "
The Groundhog Regiment
26th Ohio Association &
The Ohio Soldier
Web Site Inspiration
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part of the web site material may be
copied nor reproduced without express
written consent from Jeffrey Hill,
webmaster.
View What's New
Notice: The book, The 26th Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry: The
Groundhog Regiment, Second Edition,
 is available for purchase! For more
details
:
Grave Markers
Descendants' Get Together
at Chickamauga, Sept. 2013