The Virginia 26th Infantry Battalion was organized in May 1862, with men of the 59th Regiment Virginia Infantry who escaped capture at the Battle of Roanoke Island. It contained seven companies, but was increased to nine in June 1863. The unit was assigned to Echols' and Patton's Brigade, and saw action in Tennessee, western Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley. During April 1865, it disbanded.
Lieutenant Colonel George M. Edgar and Major Richard Woodram
Assigned to Echols' and Patton's Brigade
Battle of Roanoke Island Seven Days' Battles Second Manassas Battle of Sharpsburg Battle of Fredericksburg Siege of Suffolk Battle of Gettysburg Siege of Charleston Battle of Legareville Overland Campaign Siege of Petersburg Battle of Sayler's Creek Appomattox Campaign Rosters:
The roster of this unit contains the names of 1497 men.
Company A (Red Sulphur Yankee Hunters) - Monroe County
Company B (Captain Edmund Strudwick Read's Company) - Monroe and Greenbrier Counties
Company C (Captain Thomas W. Thompson's Company) - Mercer County, West Virginia
Company D (Captain George Mathews Edgar's Company) (Originally Captain Fielding Fleshman's Company
Company E (Captain William D. Hefner's Company) Scouts and Guides) - Greenbrier County Bibliography for Research: