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Massachusetts 26th Volunteer Infantry (Union)

8/28/61

Organized - Massachusetts 26th Volunteer Infantry - Massachusetts

5/21/63

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Thomas W. Sherman

Brigadier GeneralThomas W. Sherman

5/21/63

Battle - Port Hudson - East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana; East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Port Hudson
Port Hudson

In cooperation with Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's final offensive against Vicksburg, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks's army moved against the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson on the Mississippi River. Like Vicksburg, Port Hudson was located atop high bluffs at the river bank that commanded the river. On May 11th, Banks learned that some Confederates had been moved from Port Hudson to support the forces defending Vicksburg, so he sought to move upon the garrison before those troops could be replaced. Banks…READ MORE

6/20/63

Battle - LaFourche Crossing - Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

5/8/64

Battle - Spotsylvania Court House - Spotsylvania County, Virginia

Spotsylvania Court House
Spotsylvania Court House

Following the Battle of the Wilderness, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant marched the Union army south with the hope of capturing Spotsylvania Court House and preventing Robert E. Lee's army from retreating further. Lee's Confederates, however, managed to get ahead of the Federals and block the road. Fighting began on May 8th, when the Union Fifth Corps under Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren and the Sixth Corps under Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick engaged Confederate Maj. Gen. Richard Anderson's First Corps at Laurel Hi…READ MORE

7/27/64

Battle - First Deep Bottom - Henrico County, Virginia

First Deep Bottom
First Deep Bottom

Two weeks after Union forces arrived to invest the Confederate defenders of Petersburg, the battle lines of both sides settled into a stalemate. Since Cold Harbor, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was reluctant to mount a large frontal attack against well-entrenched Confederates. By late June, Grant's lines covered most of the eastern approaches to Petersburg, but neither side seemed ready to risk an offensive move. Determined to break the stalemate, Grant agreed to plans to blow up part of the Confederate def…READ MORE

8/14/64

Battle - Second Deep Bottom - Henrico County, Virginia

Second Deep Bottom
Second Deep Bottom

As he had done in late July during the Battle of the Crater, Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant called upon Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock and his Second Corps to attack Gen. Robert E. Lee's forces around Richmond to exploit suspected weaknesses in Lee's lines. In early August, Grant had detached the Sixth Corps from the Union lines around Richmond and Petersburg and sent them to the Shenandoah Valley under Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan. Sheridan's new army there was to counter Gen. Jubal Early, then operating in the v…READ MORE

9/19/64

Battle - Third Winchester - Frederick County, Virginia; Winchester, Virginia

Third Winchester
Third Winchester

To clear the Shenandoah River valley of Confederates, Maj. Gen. Phil Sheridan moved on Winchester in mid-September 1864. Sheridan's force of over 39,000 men was more than twice the size of Maj. Gen. Jubal Early's Confederate army defending the valley. After Brig. Gen. Joseph Kershaw's division left Winchester to rejoin Robert E. Lee's army at Petersburg, Early renewed his raids on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Martinsburg in the lower valley, dispersing his four remaining infantry divisions. On Septem…READ MORE

9/21/64

Battle - Fisher's Hill - Shenandoah County, Virginia

Fisher's Hill
Fisher's Hill

Confederate Maj. Gen. Jubal Early's Army of the Valley, bloodied by its defeat at the Third Battle of Winchester on September 19th, retreated 20 miles up the valley and took a defensive position in an east-west line across Fisher's Hill, southwest of Strasburg. Maj. Gen. Phillip Sheridan's Army of the Shenandoah, in accordance with Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's orders, aggressively pursued Early. Sheridan, outnumbering Early about three to one, noted that the right of the Confederate line was anchored o…READ MORE

10/19/64

Leadership Change - Regiment - Lieutenant John S. Cooke

LieutenantJohn S. Cooke

10/19/64

Leadership Change - Brigade - Brigadier General Henry W. Birge, and Colonel Thomas W. Porter

Brigadier GeneralHenry W. Birge

ColonelThomas W. Porter

10/19/64

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Cuvier Grover, and Brigadier General Henry W. Birge

Brigadier GeneralCuvier Grover

Brigadier GeneralHenry W. Birge

10/19/64

Leadership Change - Division - Brigadier General Cuvier Grover

Brigadier GeneralCuvier Grover

10/19/64

Battle - Cedar Creek - Frederick County, Virginia; Shenandoah County, Virginia; Warren County, Virginia

Cedar Creek
Cedar Creek

Also known as: Cedar Creek, Belle GroveREAD MORE

9/18/65

Mustered Out - Massachusetts 26th Volunteer Infantry - Massachusetts

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