26th Infantry Regiment was organized during May and June, 1861, with men recruited in
the counties of Gloucester, King and Queen, and Mathews. The 26th was assigned to General
Wise's Brigade in June, 1862, contained 31 officers and 424 men. After being involved in the
Seven Days' Battles it was transferred to the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The unit participated in the defense of Charleston, then during the spring of 1864 returned to
Virginia. Here it took its place in the Petersburg trenches and was active in
various conflicts around Appomattox. Many were captured at Sayler's Creek and on April 9, 1865,
there were 15 officers and 81 men present. The field officers were Colonels Charles A. Crump
and Powhatan R. Page; Lieutenant Colonel James C. Coucill; and Majors Patrick H. Fitzhugh,
Joshua L. Garrett, William K. Perrin, and William H. Wheelwright.